By Devil’s Advocate
It was a day of mixed reactions. Some were elated while others unhappy. The coveted list of names of those who would become judges as out and five men had made it. However let us spare a thought for Mr. Andy Lobo, who was in the race through out but was left out at the last minute.
A N Venugopal Gowda: He has been a government advocate for the past one and half years now. Appears before the Chief Justice and has decent knowledge of the law. A no- nonsense man and has the right temperament for a judge. Only drawback is that he is bit suspicious which may not go down too well with advocates.
Ravi B Malimath: Son of former Chief Justice of both the Karnataka and Kerala High Courts. Plenty of style but a bit reserved. Knowledge of the law could be debated. Inside story is that his name got the clearance after a lot of resistance. Chief Justice of India finally gave the stamp of approval while stating, “when I was judge in the Kerala High Court, his father was chief justice. So how can I reject him?”
Narayanswamy: Lucrative career as advocate. Extremely reserved and was in the race since day one. Comes across as a very stern man and gives an impression that he cannot smile. Could make a good judge.
A Pachapure: Rose from the dust. Was the special judge trying the J Jayalalithaa disproportionate assets case before becoming Registrar General. An absolute gentleman with a no-nonsense attitude. A master in the trial courts. Experience as Registrar General would help him adapt sooner to the writ side.
Arali Nagraj: The less said the better. Amazing PR skills. His promotion as District and Sessions judge was delayed thanks to complaints against him. His elevation as High Court judge too had run into troubled waters several times due to similar reasons. Wonder of wonders, he made it.
Andy Lobo: A bachelor with plenty of monetary backing. Great knowledge of the law. However one Supreme Court judge is alleged to have shot his elevation down. The grounds being that his mannerisms are bit weird and would not have the right temperament as a judge. The saddest part is that during a recent interaction, he was told by the Chief Justice that his name being shot down was only a rumour.
Nagarathna: Daughter of former Chief Justice of India, E Venkatramaiah. The reason why her elevation did not come through this time was because she had not completed 45 years of age. The Supreme Court says that only if the advocate is extraordinary that he/she shall be appointed even if he/she is below the age of 45.