Justice Iyer slams judges for recusing from cases:
KOCHI: Justice (retd) V R Krishna Iyer has expressed shock at the decision of three judges to recuse themselves from hearing Lavalin cases and stated that such a move will affect the reputation of the judiciary and right to justice of every citizen in the state.
“Vast powers have been vested in judges under the Constitution and they are bound to adjudicate every case posted before them. That is a great duty from which they cannot retreat. Not hearing cases or declining to do justice is breach of the solemn obligation vested in them. To default or decline to exercise this sublime power is to invite impeachment by Parliament or dismissal by the President. In this case, the three judges decline to hear the case and refuse to perform their duty to do justice,” he said.
M L Joseph Francis was the third judge to recuse himself from hearing a review petition seeking to quash a verdict of the CBI special court, Thiruvananthapuram, discharging CPM state secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and six others in the SNC-Lavalin case. Judges K Harial and Thomas P Joseph had sidestepped hearing a petition.
Opinion of a law abiding citizen:
recuse (a case) = rescue (a criminal)