Justice Shivappa's Case<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani


Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI:
Justice Shivappa's Case1

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On 4 March 1999, the Union Law Minister, Mr M. Thambi Durai, sent a fax to Justice Shivappa of the Madras High Court conveying the president's order that required him to demit office instantly on the question of his date of birth. This was a biased violation of the rulings of the court. The speed and the manner in which the order was conveyed raised suspicious as the judge was hearing a petition alleging indiscrimination quarrying of sand in Karur, which was Thambi Durai's constituency. The fact that Justice Shivappa was not heard in his defence should have been sufficient to render the order null. Proper procedure was therefore not followed, and the executive was able to subvert the independence of the judiciary.

Keywords: Justice Shivappa; Madras High Court; president's order

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Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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