The Supreme court Bench headed by Justice Markandaya Katju which was supposed to hear the Novartis appeal on Monday (31/8), recused itself from hearing the case noting that it may not be proper for him to sit in on this case.

Justice Katju is said be a supporter of making a balance between the need to give monetary inducements to new inventions, and making available these inventions to the broad masses in the underdeveloped countries at affordable prices. Read Shamnad in his blog spicyIP here.

We note that this was a very decent move made by the H’ble judge. Rather than giving a biased judgment being influenced by personal opinion, it was better that he recused himself from the case which involve such important issues and also being intensely followed by many around the world.