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    ...Markandey Katju, formerly of the court himself, was first off the blocks, with several ill-advised blog posts making a mockery of senior judges. If it had not been for the firmness with which this was dealt, lesser mortals would have perceived the court’s silence as a license (pardon the anagram) to slander. If this were not enough, as Chief Justice T.S. Thakur’s tenure wound to a close, a slow whisper campaign had commenced in the corridors of the court — the government would get Justice J. Chelameswar to succeed, it said, superseding both Justices J.S. Khehar and Dipal Mishra who preceded him. The rumour mill was clearly ignorant of law and fact. The government no longer had that power, with the successor now being recommended by the outgoing Chief Justice, a change from those heady days of the Seventies when Mrs Gandhi had engineered two supersessions. ...

    Indian Express on April 10, 2017, 12:10 a.m.