A second SC judge from Bengal has recused themself from hearing a case involving West Bengal. Days after SC judge Justice Indira Banerjee recused herself from hearing a petition seeking a CBI/SIT probe into the killings of two BJP workers during the post-poll violence in West Bengal citing “personal difficulty”, comes the news of Justice Aniruddha Bose following suit.
As per reports, Bose has recused himself from the Narada Scam Case hearing that has now been transferred to a bench comprising of Justices Vineet Saran and Dinesh Maheshwari. Early yesterday morning, Justice Bose announced his decision to not hear the Narada scandal case in which several of Bengal’s ruling TMC members are said to be involved and referred the matter to another bench.
While it is difficult to pinpoint a reason for the decisions of Banerjee and Bose, it does appear to be a classic case of passing the buck and not wanting to take on the ruling Bengal dispensation probably on account of fear of retaliation.
However, in a democracy that guarantees the independence of the judiciary, are the judges justified in taking such a decision?
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