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SC stands by its ‘uncle judges syndrome’ remarks

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today refused to entertain an Allahabad High Court petition seeking expunction of its controversial remarks that something was “rotten” there and that it was suffering from “uncle judges syndrome” and stood by them.

At the same time, a bench of justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra, while dismissing the Allahabad High Court’s application for expunging the remarks, clarified that there were “excellent and good judges too” in the court.

Rejecting the arguments of senior counsel P P Rao that even a clarification that some are excellent and good judges would still cause suspicion on the integrity of the judges, the bench remarked, “It is not just time to react but also to introspect.”

Reacting to the persistent plea of Rao that the clarification would not be sufficient, Justice Katju angrily retorted, “Do not tell all those things.

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