Lashing at the state’s negligence in implementing orders, the Supreme Court today reminded the state not to forget that Kerala is a part of India. Criticizing the high court judge and the chief secretary, Justice Arun Mishra also asked who gave the high court to overturn the supreme court verdict. The serious remarks were made while hearing the case of Kerala Malankara Church.
Justice Arun Mishra went to the extent of taking the name of the High Court judge in open court. Justice Mishra thundered, “It is a very objectionable order. Who is this judge? Tell his name loud. Let everyone know. Who is this judge? What kind of judge is he?” the judge further asked.
Stating that the order passed by the High Court was in contravention of the decision of the Supreme Court, Justice Mishra lamented at the judicial indiscipline that was developing. “The High Court has no right to tinker with our decision. This is the height of judicial indiscipline. Tell your judges in Kerala they are part of India”, said Justice Mishra.
While hearing the case of dispute in worshipping in the church, the Supreme Court in 2017 had ordered that the Orthodox Church will have the right. In spite of this verdict, High Court Judge Hariprasad issued an interim order allowing the Jacobite Church to worship. Supreme court was today hearing a plea challenging the High Court’s interim order.
This is not the first time Kerala being criticized for disregarding Supreme court verdicts. While there are a number of verdicts to be implemented in the state that draws grave concerns, the state, however, was keen on implementing the verdict regarding women’s entry to the holy shrine of Sabarimala where only women in specific age limits were allowed. The act had resulted in a calamity that the state hadn’t witnessed hitherto.
Justice Arun Mishra has filed a petition challenging the Orthodox Church’s petition. The interim order of the High Court was quashed.