Bengaluru, Dec 4: Justice T S Thakur, who was sworn in as Chief Justice of India, can be termed as a soft spoken tough judge.
Known to have a zero tolerance policy towards corruption, advocates in the Karnataka High Court say that one could expect tough reforms and verdicts from him.
Advocates in Karnataka who have watched and argued before Justice Thakur say that he was probably one of the most soft spoken tough judges that they have ever seen.
He was tough in the court hall and took a no-nonsense approach especially in matters of corruption. However, every advocate and reporter who was present at the farewell programme of Justice Thakur hosted by the Advocates Association would remember how soft he was.
Justice Thakur while delivering his farewell speech had broken down while stating how much he would miss Karnataka.
Tough on corruption cases:
Justice Thakur prior to taking over as the Chief Justice of India had already held a series of meetings with fellow or brother judges about the benches to be set up.
There was a lot of emphasis on corruption cases and judicial reforms. Justice Thakur is known for his tough words and verdicts in cases of corruption.
One may recall it was he who headed the Bench which suggested reforms to the BCCI following allegations of betting and spot fixing in the Indian Premier League.
Justice Thakur was also particular tough on the Saradha scam. With the West Bengal government not doing enough in the matter, it was Justice Thakur who ordered a CBI probe into the matter and now it is the Supreme Court which is overseeing the probe.
The other important cases that Justice Thakur has heard are the Army promotion policy, National Rural Health Mission Scam, Cleaning of Ganga and the Sahara investors' refund case.