Amid a judicial slide, a flicker of hope on rights -Ajit Prakash Shah

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published Published on Nov 19, 2020   modified Modified on Nov 20, 2020

-The Hindu

It is reassuring that there is a signal from the Supreme Court about thinking and speaking about personal liberty

There can be no better way for a judge of the Supreme Court of India to mark his birthday by celebrating the glorious constitutional duty that has been entrusted to him and his peers as officers of the highest court in the land. Last week, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud did precisely this, when he remarked, “[W]e are a constitutional court... If we as a constitutional court do not lay down law and protect personal liberty, then who will?” It was a salve for those who have doubted the Court’s ability to protect basic human freedoms in the country.

An expeditious hearing

But even as the Court seems to have shown some self-awareness after an arguably long time, the circumstances in which this statement was made diminished its value considerably. The statement was made during the hearing that concluded in granting interim bail to TV anchor Arnab Goswami in a matter that was listed a mere one day after the petition was filed.

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The Hindu, 19 November, 2020,

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