Published On: Thu, Jul 4th, 2019
Top News | ByIANS

Justice Rangnath Pandey, who wrote to PM on nepotism, denied farewell party

Lucknow: Justice Rangnath Pandey, Allahabad High Court judge Rangnath Pandey who wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging ‘favouritism, nepotism and casteism in the appointment of judges, was not given the customary farewell party when he retired on Thursday.

None of the judges were willing to comment on the development

The farewell party, known as full court reference in the legal parlance, which was scheduled to be held in the Chief Justice’s Court at 3.45 pm was cancelled at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances.

The Registrar notified the cancellation in a letter.

None of the judges were willing to comment on the development.

The agency had reported on Wednesday that Justice Pandey had stirred up the proverbial hornet’s nest with his letter to the Prime Minister in which he had sought Modi’s intervention in restoring the dignity of the judiciary.

He had also pointed out the flaws in the collegium system of appointment of judges and also questioned that lack of transparency in the process.

Thursday’s development came even after Pandey had gained the support of the Uttar Pradesh Bar Council.

Bar Council chief Hari Shankar Singh said that the judge’s letter should be treated as a public interest document and the government should act on it. He said that the lawyers supported the contents of the letter.

At least, two other judges of the high court, who did not wish to be identified, said that they agreed with the contents of the letter and termed it unfortunate.

A senior judge in the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court said, “Everyone knows about the malaise in the judiciary. Justice Rangnath Pandey is about to retire and hence, he could vent his feelings. I hope his letter will get the desired attention.”

Another judge in the same court said that Justice Pandey’s letter echoed the sentiments of several other judges. “The process of judge selection needs to be overhauled if the dignity of the judiciary is to be maintained,” he added.


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