Merit must predominate other factors in judicial appointments, says Justice R F Nariman

Judge Rohinton Nariman |

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New Delhi: Supreme Court Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, who stepped down Thursday after more than seven years, said merit must outweigh other factors in the judiciary’s appointment.

“I don’t think anyone has a ‘legitimate expectation’ to come before this court. I believe that the Indian people and the litigating public have a “legitimate expectation” to receive some quality of justice from this final court, ”said Judge Nariman as he passed, which was organized by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) .

“To do this, the merit must clearly outweigh the other, subject to other factors. But merit always comes first, ”he added.

Judge Nariman, the famous son of the well-known lawyer Fali Nariman, said: “It is time that more direct representatives are put on this bench”.

“I would also say and admonish those direct representatives who are asked never to say ‘no’. It is their serious duty to give back as they have reaped so much from their profession, ”said Judge Nariman.

Commenting on his experience as a Supreme Court judge, Judge Nariman said those seven years had been the most stressful of his life.

“It’s not a walk. When I was on that (lawyer) side I had no idea what was on the other side. I’ve been on both sides. This side (judge) is much more difficult. You have a lot more to read. I enjoyed writing judgments and it worked out fine in the end, ”he said.

Judge Nariman, who was appointed top judge on July 7, 2014, has ruled over 13,500 cases and rendered historic judgments, including declaring privacy as a fundamental right, repealing IT law provisions authorizing arrests, decriminalizing consensual gay sex, and Women of all ages allow to enter Kerala’s Sabarimala Temple.

Judge Nariman, born August 13, 1956, became Senior Attorney in 1993 and Attorney General of India on July 27, 2011, before being appointed Judge of the Supreme Court on July 7, 2014.

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