Supreme Court, diminished
The judiciary has created a crisis of institutional credibility for itself
Written by Pratap Bhanu Mehta | Published:November 14, 2017 12:39 am
The judiciary has created a crisis of institutional credibility for itself (File photo)
The Supreme Court of India is facing its worst crisis of credibility since the Emergency. With an occasional exception, the quality of the court’s reasoning, the inconstancy of its judgment, the abdication of its constitutional role in some cases, and its overreach in others, are already denting its authority. But the institutional crisis that the Supreme Court has now created for itself will puncture more holes in the authority that it so valiantly tried to exert. It will also create the conditions under which it will be easier to legitimise diluting judicial independence.
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