In whats a prompt reaction to criticism of the photo gallery of judges in the Supreme Court,the entire wooden frame and the photos inside it have been removed. These were digitally enhanced life-size photos that were the centre of attention for the last three days strategically placed as they were on the wall outside Court Room 1,the court of the Chief Justice.
On January 18,The Sunday Express first reported how this gallery set off a buzz in the apex court. Chief Justice Justice K G Balakrishnan,who personally inspected the photos the day they were first put up,was heard telling his colleagues these would help people who travel from far-off places to know their judges better.
Many disagreed. Senior counsel Anil Divan called it atrocious while former Chief Justice J S Verma said: Its actually surprising…they oppose disclosure of basic details like their assets and wealth but want to be seen right outside their courtrooms. Sources said several judges,too,objected to their photos.
The photos removed,it was back to the business at the spot as the cause list the list of cases scheduled for hearing before the court was back in its original location.