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‘Pervading pestilent presence’: 5 quotes from Sasikala DA verdict that’ll awe you

Indian court judgements are known to be unwieldy, usually unintelligible to commoners or anyone who hasn’t been trained to deal with legalese. But a Supreme Court verdict in a corruption case that convicted AIADMK chief VK Sasikala on Tuesday broke away from the normal.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2017 22:10 IST
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Mediapersons at Supreme Court of India during the verdict on Sasikala’s disproportionate assets case, in New Delhi.(PTI Photo)

Indian court judgements are known to be dry and technical affairs that are riddled with legalese difficult for a commoner to understand.

But a Supreme Court verdict in a corruption case that convicted AIADMK chief VK Sasikala on Tuesday broke away from the normal. A supplement to the 500 page-plus judgement authored by justice Amitava Roy featured flowery language, alliteration and glorious exhortations against corruption. Here are the top 5 picks:

“…a few disquieting thoughts that have lingered and languished in distressed silence in mentation demand expression at the parting with a pulpit touch...”

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“….a growing impression in contemporary existence seems to acknowledge, the all pervading pestilent presence of corruption almost in every walk of life, as if to rest reconciled to the octopoid stranglehold of this malaise with helpless awe…”

“…the common day experiences indeed do introduce one with unfailing regularity, the variegated cancerous concoctions of corruption with fearless impunity gnawing into the frame and fabric of the nation’s essentia…”

“…Innovative nuances of evidential inadequacies, processual infirmities and interpretational subtleties, artfully advanced in defence, otherwise intangible and inconsequential, ought to be conscientiously cast aside with moral maturity and singular sensitivity to uphold the statutory sanctity, lest the coveted cause of justice is a causality..”

“…this pernicious menace stemming from moral debasement of the culpables, apart from destroying the sinews of the nation’s structural and moral set-up, forges an unfair advantage of the dishonest over the principled, widening as well the divide between the haves and have nots...”