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Can the country's higher judiciary too be bought off?

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The WIPRO case:
The following comments by a journalist in a GoogleGroup, in the matter of WIPRO obtaining a stay from the Karnataka High Court when faced with a charge of non-payment of property taxes by BBMP, is indicative of the kind of suspicion about the court's ways in the minds of the people (for the full text of the mail exchanges, click here):

Wipro is in court - there's a stay. All big guns bring a stay, and it goes on for years and years! - - -Not necessarily... we know how the judiciary works :-) They can bring an interim stay on request and drag the case on and on. There is corruption everywhere - in judiciary too - we just don't talk about it in open.

Forum against EWS land-grab:
Just yesterday, I received a mail through a Yahoo-group, requesting for support for the above Forum, which inter alia stated as below:

The legal steps taken against the EWS Land Grab in the form of Special Leave Petition and Review petition at the High Court are not bearing any fruits. Maverick Holdings has deliberately adopted a delaying strategy and the court seems to be happy to play into their hands.

There are plenty more such allegations that we all come across on a regular basis. So, is it just a case of 'sour grapes', or is there more to it? The comment by the journalist that "we just don't talk about it in open", provoked me into starting this debate.

Well, let's hear what Prajagalu think.

Muralidhar Rao


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A study of judgments by the Supreme Court in environmental cases from 1980 to 2010 shows that a majority of them have supported the issues raised by underdogs such as environmental NGOs against the practices or policies of the powerful such as governments and industrial units. But prominent exceptions to this have been the outcomes of cases challenging infrastructure projects. This paper seeks to explain how and why the Supreme Court has frequently decided in favour of weaker parties, and to analyse the implications of this for environmental jurisprudence in India.

The study, published in the Economic & Political Weekly, may be accessed through the link -

Tells a tale in itself

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