Saffronizing the legal system

Newly appointed Supreme Court judge Adarsh Goel seems to be a long-standing RSS man. No mainstream paper has carried this fact, but he used to be general secretary of the Sangh's legal front organisation "Akhil Bharatiya Adhivakta Parishad" (ABAP), founded in 1992 "to work constantly for the improvement and evolution of a judicial system which is in harmony with the genius of the nation and in consonance with Bharatiya traditions, values and sense of justice and to make the justice delivery system more efficient." ( It appears Goel also represented the Govt of Delhi in cases related to the 1984 anti-Sikh pogrom (

Another new SC judge friendly to the BJP will be U. U. Lalit ( who has represented Amit Shah and Hindutva-terror accused Colonel Purohit.

A third new SC judge, Rohinton Nariman, seems to have represented several large corporations and big businessmen, including Mukesh Ambani (

Fourth, we noted some time back that Mukul Rohtagi, the new attorney-general, has represented the Gujarat government in many Gujarat 2002 pogrom cases, including the Best Bakery and Zahira Sheikh cases (

Finally, we all know that Gopal Subramanium, amicus curiae in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter killing in which Amit Shah is accused, will not be an SC judge following the CBI-IB-media campaign against him. It looks like the new legal system will not be providing much challenge to the new government.