Bench Opts Out of New Judges Case
A division bench of Justices S Rajeswaran and PN Prakash opted out from hearing a public interest writ petition praying for a direction to the Madras High Court Registrar-General to return the list containing the names for appointment to the post of HC judges, prepared in December last year.
The recuse followed preliminary objections raised in the PIL, filed by senior advocate R Gandhi, a couple of days ago. Justice Prakash is an additional judge and he is at the behest of the Chief Justice (of MHC) and the Chief Justice of India to become a permanent judge.
Moreover, the present list, which is under challenge, also contained the names of three Brahmins. Since Justice Prakash belongs to Brahmin community, it may not be proper to argue social justice before the bench.
Thirdly, Pugazhenthi, one of the persons in the recommended list, was a junior of or recommended by Justice Rajeswaran himself and there shall not be any embarrassment between the Bench and the Bar.