If courtrooms are leaking due to heavy rainfalls, would it be possible for the high court to dispense justice? Nagpur bench of the Bombay HC asked recently. It requested the government to release adequate funds to repair court halls. RAJU Z MORAY has been inspired by this episode to pen this poem.
The court was about to open
The Bench and the Bar were set
But then somebody noticed
All chairs and tables were wet!
Rain was heard on the cameras
Though no one was speaking
Showers made all the noise
And the roof itself was leaking!
Milords don’t interfere normally
In mundane maintenance affairs
But this concerned their heads
The roof needed urgent repairs!
The bored Bar was happy to help
After prolonged lockdown rest
They promptly filed a writ petition
Purely in the public interest.
PILs get Milords worked up
They love to take culprits to task
But grant adjournments to State
Anger hidden behind the mask
Meanwhile due to the leaky roof
No productive work can be done
For even to carry out the repairs
Help will be needed from the Sun
Milords vented with a long order
Which was splashed in the Press
After all it isn’t every day that
Aggrieved Milords seek redress!
Now Bar and Bench are waiting
For the Government to respond
They hope that by the next date
The Court hasn’t become a pond!
(Raju Z. Moray is a Mumbai-based lawyer who enjoys writing poems. He is the author of two books ‘Court Jester'(2017) and ‘The Locked Down Lawyer'(2020))