About The Book
This book contains reminiscences of the Author as Judge for twenty-five years. Apart from a few travelogue and acquaintances with personages, the descriptions are live stories of human life displayed in different courts where he was judge. The author has avoided narrating matrimonial disputes due to statutory constraints. The narratives have been recollected from memory. Yet care was taken to mention only true facts, though all truths are not included, lest, it might injure the feelings of others. This is intended only for the readers to have easy reading on some interesting episodes of human life.
Foreword Introduction The raison detre of the nomenclature Ascension as a Judge Moulding up into Judgeship The first murder case tried in my court Calicut District Court Back in Calicu Betheri Case A case of double infanticide How a submerged equity winched to the fore Medical Insanity Vs. Legal lnsanity Winding up life in Calicut District Judge, Quilon The Dead body giving birth to a child Half burnt dead body of a pregnant woman Two cases of restoration of gender justice Assignments declined, but became a litigant District an Sessions Judge, Trivandrum Judge of the High Court Nascency on the Bench of the High Court A few among the memorable cases Divorces granted by Church Tribunals Elected Panchayats were restored in Kerala Attempt to plunder public money with legal protection was averted A Professor escaped from disaster What is the right of litigants to occupy seats in court rooms? Re-writing a judgment King of Saudi Arabia as defendant As a senior judge of the High Court As Chief Justice (Officiating) Pangs of elevation Farewell from High Court Becoming Judge of the Supreme Court of India Ostracised bungalow to reside in and a scholarly companion to walk with Sittings in the early days of judgeship in the Supreme Court The travails of a non-resident husband Eleven Judge bench and minority rights Sitting with the Chief Justice of India Rajiv Gandhi assassination case The fall of a Rajasthani bride from the top floor of a multi-storied building The Extortionists of Bow Bazar in Calcutta A treasure hunt Regarding treatment of witnesses Can the destiny be so cruel to a damsel? A charlatan in black robe An Advocate was convicted for contempt of court Travelogue Attack on the Parliament House Fizzled out The last sitting as a Judge Prelude to departure Farewell to Law Epilogue Index.
About The Author/Editor
Justice K.T. Thomas, was a former Judge of the Supreme Court of India. He was directly recruited from the Bar as District Judge and after eight years elevated as High Court Judge. After being judge of the Supreme Court for six years he retired in 2002. After retirement he was appointed Chairman of different Commissions such as, for fixing fees in professional colleges, for recommending reforms of police performance, for recommending reforms in the law regarding prevention of destruction of public properties and lastly the Commission for National Law School Bangalore. He is now Honorary Professor in Kanpur University on Constitutional Law. He has delivered many lectures on topics of legal and Constitutional importance at different centres in India. The President of India conferred Padma Bhushan Award on him for Law and Justice on the Republic Day 2007. He has already authored three books in his vernacular.