Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Appu not impressed by the Chief Justice or his Cheerleaders

It seems like a daily occurrence, as sure as the rise of the morning sun. The newspapers report, regularly, on one fundamental rights (FR) petition, after another, that is being entertained by the Supreme Court. Of course, the Supreme Court is the last port of call and we are most fortunate to have one.

Appu, however, is not impressed.

That we have a Supreme Court offering a ray of hope to the people, when all other structural supports are failing, is more an indication of the CJ's self-interest and acrimonious relationship with the President than it is an indication of the health of the judiciary.

The fact is that the Judiciary, under the current CJ, is rotten and tattered to the core. It seems like only yesterday when the same newspapers were ranting on about how the CJ and the Judiciary was iconic of Sri Lanka's descent into hell. The 180 degree turn in perception is remarkable, but not necessarily heart warming.

It seems that even the immortals amongst us, like CJ Sarath Silva, are prone to asking and eating parippu.

Who can forget how fast Sarath Silva let go of Chandrika's saree potta to grab Mahinda's shawl? Of course, it didn't take long for the two crooks to fallout, as crooks always do, and that has resulted in an unprecedented and most welcome respite to the country and its people. The country is safe as long as these two, Mahinda and Sarath, are busy battling each other with the full force of their respective offices.

God help us when one falls and the other turns his attention on the rest of us. That will be the time that our people realise that these were two behemoths of our own making, we cheered 'em on this vain path.

There are no glad tidings, just more servings of...


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