A Hindu Nationalist Perspective
All the news stories I have seen describe Liberhan as a retired "Supreme Court judge". Info gleaned from the Internet -- e.g. http://www.outlookindia.com/article.aspx?210611 dated Dec 25, 2000 -- suggests otherwise. One can extract the following info from the Outlook India article:§ Liberhan was enrolled as an advocate in the Ambala Court in 1962. After practicing for 25 years in Ambala and Chandigarh, he was elevated as a judge to the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 1987.§ As a sitting judge in Chandigarh, Liberhan found it difficult to be in Lucknow on a regular basis. It took one year for the Rao government to realise that and the commission was shifted to Delhi.§ In July 1997, Liberhan was finally promoted as chief justice and posted to the Madras High Court. § “...two of his juniors in the Chennai High Court, Justice D. Raju and Justice Shivraj Patil, were elevated to the Supreme Court while Liberhan was denied a place in the bench of the apex court,” says a senior advocate of the Supreme Court. § Justice Liberhan retired from the Andhra Pradesh High Court about a month ago [i.e., in Nov 2000]So, why is Liberhan being repeatedly referred to as a "retired Supreme Court Judge"? One should also note that he was not "retired", but a sitting judge, when he was appointed to the commission.Another interesting fact is that the initials of his name, MS, stand for Manmohan Singh.
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