Good Friday meet row: Who is Justice Kurien Joseph?Justice Kurien Joseph, a sitting judge of Supreme Court of India has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing his reservation over All India Chief Justices Conference that was convened on Good Friday. Earlier, the
Justice Kurien Joseph, a sitting judge of Supreme Court of India has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing his reservation over All India Chief Justices Conference that was convened on Good Friday. Earlier, the judge also wrote to the Chief justice of India HL Dattu on the issue inviting his ire.
Underlining that the Indian model of secularism is based on the principle of sarva dharma sambhava, Justice Joseph cautioned that the country needs to safeguard its secular credentials.
In his distinguished legal career spanning over 36 years, Justice Kurien has many feathers under his cap. He is part of the bench that has recently reserved order on the 1993 Mumbai bomb blast mastermind Yakub Menon . Another bench comprising of Justice Kurien is hearing the controversial Coal Allocation Scam case.
The bench has vowed to purge the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of any political and bureaucratic interference. A bench of Justice R M Lodha, Kurian Joseph and R F Nariman had also overruled the famous Afsan Guru decision on the point of admissibility of electronic evidence.
Justice Kurien is also on the bench of judges that issued notice to the centre, the CBI and Essar after a PIL by an NGO sought an SIT or Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the nexus wherein Essar allegedly gave gifts and other favours to promote its business interests.
Kurien served as a member of the Academic Council, University of Kerala during 1977-78, He had functioned as General Secretary of the Kerala University Union in 1978. He served as government pleader in 1987.Besides he also served as the president of Kerala Judicial Academy from 2006-08.
Appointed judge of the Kerala High Court in 2000, Mr. Kurian had functioned as Acting Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court on two occasions. It was in February 2010 that he had been elevated as Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court. On 8 March 2013, Justice Joseph became a judge of Supreme Court of India.