Friday, August 17, 2007

V. Venkatesan on President Kalam's "overreach" and Justice Sabharwal's "conflict of interest"

In response to A.G. Noorani's accusations, Venkatesan offers a partial defence of President Kalam. Out of four accusations, he picks the gravest of them all -- that Kalam asked the then Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee to resign (implying that he wanted to rule the country in the absence of a government) -- and proceeds to offer an interpretation that takes some of the bite off Noorani's column.

Mr.A.G.Noorani is a latest commentator to offer a critical assessment of A.P.J.Abdul Kalam's tenure as President. His article in HT and Mr.Harish Khare's article in The Hindu make the similar point that Kalam loved to overstep the limits of his office. While the authors are entitled to their views, facts are sacrosanct, and they need to be pointed out respectfully. [...]

In another post, Venkatesan recounts some of the points made by Justice J.S. Verma (another former Chief Justice at the Supreme Court) in a TV interview regarding the allegations of conflict of interest against Justice Sabharwal in the 'Delhi shop sealing' case.