Bombay HC Verdict on Maggi, one reason why Politicians want the Judiciary’s Powers Clipped!

The question of judges appointing judges in India has seen the BJP and the Congress largely on the same side despite confused talk over the independence of the judiciary.

Maggi advertisement in Indian newspapers, Oct. 24, 2015

Maggi advertisement in Indian newspapers, Oct. 24, 2015

In a recent judgment on the Maggi ban, the Bombay High Court had ruled that it violated the principles of natural justice. The court had also called the ban arbitrary.

That should give us an inkling about why Indian politicians, particularly those in power, are opposed to complete independence of the judiciary.

Neither Independence Nor Credibility: It is neither about the independence nor credibility of the courts but about the corrupt legislature indirectly seeking immunity from the fangs of the law. I am yet to come across any influential person in India being brought to justice.

The governments over the years have thus been already able to influence the courts in some way or the other.

Maggi is now back in business after the needless harassment Nestle faced from the government, but the damage to India has already been done. International investors are going to be wary about injecting funds into the country.

Yesterday’s edition of some Indian newspapers had a full page advertisement from Maggi celebrating its return to the shelves after the lifting of the ban. By saying in the advertisement that “Your Maggi is Safe, has always been”, Nestle does make its message clear, rightly so!

It is to be noted that many countries (including Singapore, the U.S., the U.K., Canada and Australia)  had tested the noodles made in India and found them to be safe for consumption.

Times Now had an interesting debate yesterday that pitted the judiciary against Parliament. I found it farcical that it had Swapan Dasgupta, a diehard BJP supporter that won him the Padma Bhushan award from the Modi government this year, as one of the moderators.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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