'I would like to be a nationalist judge'
New Delhi: A visibly annoyed Supreme Court judge Justice DY Chandrachud on Thursday asserted he would like to be a "nationalist judge" committed to the Constitution and not seen as an "Aadhaar judge" or following the NGO line.
Justice Chandrachud, who is part of the five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, lost his cool after not getting a satisfactory reply to his query from senior advocate Shyam Divan, representing an NGO that has challenged the government's flagship Aadhaar scheme and its enabling law.
Divan referred to an affidavit of the central government filed in the case which cited a World Bank report stating that India has an estimated saving of USD 11 billion per annum by using Aadhaar in its various schemes. The lawyer submitted that the Centre used the report, saying the World Bank is an independent body and will not indulge in "puffery".