There is no foundation for any hope that the present Supreme Court will be more liberty minded or independent than the one that handed down the infamous ADM Jabalpur decision. The Government and its minions can imprison without evidence or trial, even corruptly and maliciously, starve torture and kill any citizen while the courts will impotently watch. Appearing before the five judges I remember haying told them: “Democracy wants you to do a dirty deed to slam shut the coffin’s lid. I hope you won’t oblige.” But oblige they did and a long dark night descended. Do we have the will and intelligence to foreclose its recurrence?

Article extracted from this publication >> April 22, 1988