A former Chief Minister of Karnataka sparked off a controversy in the 1990s by comparing the country’s legislative, executive, judiciary and the fourth estate to four pall-bearers of India’s democracy.
Many would have disagreed with the cynicism the comments displayed, especially regarding the judiciary.
An activist judiciary in the 90s was seen as the moving force behind a range of public-service initiatives.
The legal system, seen by many as the last line of defence against a corrupt system, has recently attracted adverse attention for its perceived failures.
In the Aarushi murder case, the country’s premier investigating agency, under the tenure of three successive CBI directors couldn’t nail anyone for lack of evidence.