On the sixth episode of Justify – The Illusion of Institutional Autonomy
Round up (i) the Supreme Court’s suo moto action calling for information to assess ground level implementation of the amendments to the sexual offences law, following the Nirbhaya incident; (ii) relief granted by the Karnataka HC, the Kerala HC, the Gauhati HC and the Allahabad HC in petitions filed in the wake of the anti-CAA protests; and the contrasting approach of the Delhi HC.
Listen in to a Tete-a-tete with Justice Gautam Patel, where he fields questions from the host and recounts the argument he made when delivering the Vidhi Annual Lecture – that institutional autonomy is the bedrock of liberal democracies and that institutions are falling into self-imposed adherence to political ideologies. Justice Patel identifies educational institutions as being relevant here, and argues that they must be functionally independent and autonomous to ensure that education is not reduced simply to the acquisition of skills, but rather, that it remains focused on imparting the ability to think and reason. Also understand why Justice Patel is of the opinion that a new standard of judicial review needs to be developed and why calling the Film Certification Board a ‘Censure Board’ is a practice that should be avoided.
This conversation – focused on the need for structural improvements in the India polity – promises to be riveting and highly informative to those interested in contemporary law and politics.
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