The recent sudden recusal by a Judge of the Bombay High Court at Goa from further hearing a high profile matter has rightly raised many an eyebrows. More so because he was hearing it for over a month with so much precious judicial time consumed and had even passed an interim order while hearing the same matter.
Appointed on 1st of January this year and directly posted at Goa, the Judge in question may have had compelling reasons to recuse from that matter but could have been prudent and left no room for misconception, if he had as some judges do orally stated the reason for the recusal.
Judges generally recuse from hearing a case when they feel that there is a conflict of interest involved or if someone from the litigating parties approaches the Judge.
In the interest of Transparency and Purity of the Justice delivery system, maybe it is time for all Judges to at least orally tell the parties the specific reason as to why they are compelled to recuse from hearing the case. Judges should take this initiative in the interest of justice and to be above doubts.