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  • 1. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/I_am_a_public_servant_CJI/articleshow/3013416.cmsTimes of IndiaNew Delhi06 May 2008I am a public servant: CJI6 May 2008, 0229 hrs IST,Dhananjay Mahapatra,TNNNEW DELHI: "I am a public servant," declared Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishanansettling the dust that had arisen over whether or not judges of the Supreme Court and highcourts were public servants or not.His remarks at the conclusion of the annual conference of Chief Justices of the highcourts and the chief ministers had opened a big debate over the status of the judges of thehigher and superior judiciary.The clarification from the CJI came on the day when the judiciary took the historic firststep to allow TV cameras to videograph the "peoples court" proceedings held inside theSCs court rooms, which are always out of bound for cameras.Speaking to The Times of India, Justice Balakrishnan laughed away the question whetherjudges of the SC and the HCs were public servants or not."How can any judge argue that he is not a public servant?" he counter questioned. It is awell settled position of law, as laid down in the five-judge constitution bench judgment ofthe Supreme Court in the Veeraswamy case, that judges of the high courts and theSupreme Court were public servants, he said.( dhananjay.mahapatra@timesgroup.com )