KT Jaleel | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Former minister KT Jaleel reiterated his controversial remarks against Lok Ayukta Justice (Rtd) Cyriac Joseph. He condemned that Cyriac was 'idle' in his career as a judge and he is a Justice who never wrote judgements, by quoting the book ‘Justice versus Judiciary’ of Sudhanshu Ranjan, published by Oxford University Press.
Following the announcement of the Lok Ayukta ordinance, Jaleel has been targetting Justice (Rtd) Cyriac Joseph and making serious accusations against him. During the term of the first Pinarayi government, Lok Ayukta had found Jaleel guilty of nepotism and ordered him to step down.
Jaleel posted the excerpts from Sudhanshu Ranjan’s book in which he mentioned the service of Cyriac Joseph in High Courts and the apex court:
"There are instances of judges who seldom wrote a judgement during their entire career as judges of High Courts and were only known for reserving judgements never to be delivered are elevated to the apex court. Justice Cyriac Joseph is one such example who was warned by his then chief justice of the Kerala High Court, Justice Jawahar Lal Gupta, that no case would be listed in his court till he delivered the judgements he had reserved for a long period.
Earlier, he earned such a dubious distinction of not delivering judgement in the Delhi High Court also. However, he was promoted as the chief justice of Uttarakhand High Court and also served the Karnataka High Court in the same capacity. But his style of functioning remained the same.
Still, he was elevated to the Supreme Court, and during his tenure from 7 July 2008 to 27 January 2012, he authored exactly seven judgements, and was a signatory to as many as 309 judgements, and 135 orders, all authored by his colleagues on the bench.
Even these seven judgements were penned at the fag end of his tenure when the Court’s corridors were abuzz with murmurs that a judge would retire without writing a single judgement. He was further rewarded post-retirement for being a lotus eater with the membership of the NHRC." (page: 260)