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    SC upholds 'rotten' remark against Allahabad HC

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday upheld its controversial remarks that something was "rotten" in the Allahabad High Court where the "uncle judges syndrome" was rampant and needed cleansing.

    A bench of justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra, while dismissing the Allahabad High Court's application for expunging of the remarks, however, clarified that there were "excellent and good judges too" in the court.

    Rejecting the arguments of senior counsel P P Rao that even a clarification that some are excellent and good judges would still cause suspicion on the integrity of the judges, the bench remarked, "It is not just time to react but also to introspect."

    Reacting to the persistent plea of Rao that the clarification would not be sufficient, Justice Katju angrily retorted, "Do not tell all those things. I and my family have more than 100 years of association with the Allahabad High Court. People know who is corrupt and who is honest. So do not tell me all this."

    Justice Katju further observed, "Tomorrow, if Markandey Katju starts taking bribe, then the entire country will know about it. So do not tell me as to who is honest and who is corrupt."

    Rao submitted that the earlier observations had tarnished the image of the entire High Court judiciary and the rustic would not be able to distinguish between a honest and a corrupt judge.

    "Do not tell me all those things about the rustic. They are much more enlightened. Do not think people of India are fools," the bench observed while dismissing the application.