NEW DELHI: At a time when politicians arrive in Parliament in flashy cars and have declared assets worth crores that include palatial mansions, automobiles and land, Supreme Court judges believe in high thinking and simple living. A study of the assets declared by 21 judges reveals that only five of them own a car. Chief Justice of India T S Thakur has a Premier 118 NE in his name. Though the apex court has a current working strength of 29 judges, only 21 have made available their assets in thw public domain.
Justice Anil R Dave is the only judge who owns two cars — a Hyundai Santro and a Honda City. He also owns a Hero Honda bike (1998 model) and a Sunny scooter (1988 model). Justice F M Ibrahim Kalifulla owns a Premier Padmini (1961 model) whereas Justice Kurian Joseph has a Maruti Esteem, which he purchased secondhand in 2007. Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose owns a Maruti SX4. The better halves of Justices Madan B Lokur and A K Sikri own a Maruti Swift and a Honda Civic each. The only woman judge, Justice R Banumathi, doesn’t own any vehicle.
As far as other assets go, CJI Thakur owns nine properties and has a fixed deposit of more than Rs 80 lakh. He also holds shares and mutual fund units. Justice J S Khehar owns two residential properties and 10 acres of land, 125 tolas of gold and has a cash balance of Rs 50 lakh. He also inherits a P Baretta pistol. Justice Dave’s properties include two residential and two commercial, agricultural land and teak trees. He has a fixed deposit of Rs 38 lakh and mutual fund units.
Justice F M Kalifulla owns two residential properties and has Rs 3.5 lakh in his savings account. His wife has Rs 60 lakh. Justice Ghose has three residential properties and Rs 8.5 lakh in deposits. Justice Joseph has 36.8 acres of land in Kerala and Rs 70,000 cash in his savings account.