The judge in question has a very good reputation but many present in court on July 3rd felt that he was perhaps more prepared than the SAES & DOE lawyers to oppose or simply not hear the counsel appearing for the nine petitioner parents. Some feel that his questions and counters (see relevant newspaper reports) were a carbon copy of the SAES arguments; with some of them even being contrary to his own earlier judgments in similar matters. Others feel that his aggression toward the counsel appearing for the nine petitioner parents indicated a certain bias. A rare few feel that the said counsel was under-prepared and far too technical or polite in his submissions. However, to his credit, he withstood the judge’s grilling very well and saved the day. At the same time, there are rumors doing rounds that Manga and or his lawyers and or some Mirambika parents with commercial dealings with SAES, etc had met or spoken to the judge before July 3rd hearing and tried to influence him. While stooping to the lowest is not beyond Manga and his team, these rumors appear baseless and are sad given the judge’s impeccable reputation. He is not known to compromise and may well recuse himself from hearing the matter if these rumors reach him.