In a land mark judgement, the Supreme Court of India stated last Friday that the opinions by the former chief justices or justices would cut no ice with any case and passed a judicial order barring such things future.
Army chief General V K Singh may be forced to dump opinions of former Chief Justices of India he has annexed with his petition in the Supreme Court (SC) to strengthen his claim that he was born on May 10, 1951 and not May 10. 1950 which has been fixed by the Government of India as his date of birth.
A Bench comprising Chief Justice S H Kapadia and Justices A K Patnaik, and Swataner Kumar flew into rage and rebuked the petitioner for citing opinions of four ex-CJs - Justices J S Varma, V N Khare, G B Patnaik, and RC Lahoti- in the PIL. they have filed in General Singh's support.
The Bench was so upset over the attempts to cite opinion of retired justices, a growing trend among petitioners who try to staple opinions of retired judges favouring their claims, that it passed a judicial order barring such things in future.
The Supreme Court of India's judicial order has significance in a number of cases. Several multilevel marketing companies cite the opinions of former Chief Justices of India to claim that their business model is legal.
Amway flaunts the opinion of former Chief Justice Y V Chandra Chud in its petitions all the time. However, it did not cut much ice with the Supreme Court when Amway filed a Special Leave petition against the judgement of Andhra Pradesh High Court.
Now after the Supreme Court passed a judicial order barring such opinions, these crooks like Amway, et al could no longer annex their petitions with the opinions of former chief justices.
It is apt to recall here that GoldQuest used to flaunt the opinion of noted advocate Mrs Nalini Chidambaram, wife of Union Minister of Government of India, Mr Chidambaram to claim that their business model is legal. However, after criminal cases were filed, Mrs Nalini Chidamabaram backtracked her opinion.