The Supreme Court today refused to expunge the stinging remarks it had made against judges in the Allahabad high court.
The court said it is a time for introspection, not reaction. The two judge bench also added that not all judges are bad - there are good judges as well.
A bench of the apex court had said on 26 November, "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark, said Shakespeare in Hamlet, and it can similarly be said that something is rotten in the Allahabad high court. (See: Supreme Court wants 'clean-up' of Allahabad High Court)
The bench also asked the chief justice of the high court to take some strong measures, including recommending "transfers of the incorrigibles".
It made the observation in a 12-page order, while making the insinuation that several judges of the High Court suffer from 'uncle judge' syndrome, which refers to judges passing favourable orders for parties represented by lawyers known to them. (See: Irked Allahabad HC to file plea against SC remarks)
The Allahabad high court had filed an application against a Supreme Court's remark, seeking that it be struck off the records. The application was listed for hearing before a bench of justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra - the same bench that had made the comment.