Justice does not retire
Far from the trajectory of belief yet next to reality is the visit of the messenger bird perching on the guava trees of my garden having entwined itself to my window screens.The bird appeared funny having hung a clock around the neck , drew nearer me and whispered "cuckoo, clock around the neck and justice on the deck".
You worry not my wife Mrs. Ranga has trained me probably in every animal language just within 7 years of marriage.Thus the dearie bird said that flying over the clouds in India, it did spot a handful of gentlemen wearing a clock as hefty as 62 and 65 kgs. differentially. So , these birds also simulated these drammatical gestures.laugh not called for.These gentlemen are none other than our High court and Supreme court judges who have not binge-read " The rime of the ancient mariner" and hung albatross like clock rather it is a long drawn historic mystery to be viewed with Vyomkesh Bakshi's lens.
The Indian Constitution although is a sapling the embryo of which lies in the west , yet it ( my all time favourite)Constitution stands out from the crowd.Very astonishing because in the high court of Australia ,70 years is the retirement age , 75 years in the UK supreme court , the same in Canada and even no retirement age in the US is symptomatically a more pragmatic step towards advancing justice to the service tenure of those who hand down the justice to the others.
No one then litany of reasons are shrouded in the demand of increasing the retirement age of the judges in India , the one in the forefront is that the reform would lay in a pitch for expert lawyers who abjure the judge-ship due to a low retirement age. Yet what incenses more is the huge pendency of the cases, prolonged delays in the appointment process of the judges and failure to effectively deal with judicial workload , going beyond mere dispute resolution.
In ringing words , the current regime declines to accept the need of the hour and act suitably as the parliamentary committee in January did not recognise so. Along the way , the scepticism may be halted by revisiting the Venkatachalliah committee recommendations which was instituted to review the working of the Constitution set out to suggest an increase in the retirement age of the supreme court judges from 65 to 68. And a bold thought to give teeth to 114th Constitutional amendment Bill may be afforded which proposes to increase the retirement age of High court judges from 62 years to 65 years. So that at a point in the future we are not left lamenting the same as the the old mariner having hung bulky clocks around the neck of the judges.
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