In a dramatic disclosure, Justice Reghupathi of Madras High Court told the open court that a Union Minister spoke to him and wanted bail relief for the accused in a CBI case. Political interference in judiciary has become so common that this incident is not taken seriously by many. Societal cynicism is so rampant that this will be forgotten within days.
One is tempted to ask is it the first time that the judge is sought to be influenced. If so, we can genuinely be proud of our system. I assume this is not the first time in which case why is he opening out now? Principles of good governance would require the judge to disclose the minister's name. Such disclosure is however very unlikely.
In the most unlikely event that the minister's name is disclosed, the honourable minister will certainly deny everything and if pressure mounts, he will claim that someone is deliberately misusing his name. Despite our cynicism, this is an issue that deserves to be probed by the Supreme Court suo moto.