Judge delivers a song for Kerala

Justice K.M. Joseph, recently elevated to the Supreme Court after a battle of nerves between the judiciary and the government, sprang a pleasant surprise on Monday by singing a Bollywood classic at a fundraiser for his flood-ravaged home state, Kerala.

By R. Balaji
  • Published 28.08.18
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Justice KM Joseph sings at the event. (PTI)

New Delhi: Justice K.M. Joseph, recently elevated to the Supreme Court after a battle of nerves between the judiciary and the government, sprang a pleasant surprise on Monday by singing a Bollywood classic at a fundraiser for his flood-ravaged home state, Kerala.

The judge rendered Madhuban Khushboo Deta Hai, fellow Malayali legend Yesudas's hit from Saajan Bina Suhagan (1978), with the felicity of a professional singer and native Hindi speaker, evoking applause.

Chief Justice Dipak Misra and a host of fellow Supreme Court judges and senior lawyers were present at the packed Krishna Menon Memorial Auditorium, where the event was organised by apex court journalists, mostly from the Malayalam media.

Justice K.M. Joseph, who also sang a Malayalam song, said he had decided to sing on a request from Justice Kurian Joseph, another Malayali.

Several judges and lawyers made donations towards the Kerala flood-relief fund.

Justice K.M. Joseph has been in the news because of the Centre's seven-month delay in clearing his elevation to the apex court, during which it sought a reconsideration from the collegium.

The Centre had cited issues of seniority but speculation had linked the delay with the judge's quashing of President's rule in Uttarakhand in 2016.

While the original recommendation was made on January 11, Justice K.M. Joseph was elevated only on August 8, after the collegium reiterated its decision.