Madras High Court Justice says, ‘Judiciary still has an element of feudal mindset’
Judiciary still has an element of feudal mindset, and unless representatives from scheduled communities, women and minorities are involved in the process of selection of judges, social justice could not be achieved in judiciary, said Justice D Hariparanthaman of the Madras high court.
Delivering his farewell address here on Wednesday, the judge said besides the three-judge collegiums which shortlist names for appointment of judges for high courts, members from these sections of the society should be involved. “Until then, social justice cannot be achieved,” he said.
Recalling his assumption of office more than seven years ago, he said both during his swearing in and farewell, the legal fraternity in Tamil Nadu were undergoing difficult times.
It was in February 2009 that the Madras high court witnessed unprecedented police action against advocates resulting in injuries to scores of lawyers and damage to court halls, lawyers chambers, libraries and vehicles.
The judge referred to those times, and said at present more than 40 lawyers had been prohibited by the Bar Council from practising before any court or tribunal.