Tuesday, March 5, 2024

There’s a limit to how much you can target Judges: Chandrachud

Supreme Court Justice DY Chandrachud is fed up of the criticism of Indian judges, as per a report in Live Law. 

Justice Chandrachud, who is set to become the next Chief Justice of India in November, lost his cool after reading an article, “India’s top court delays hearing anti-Christian violence plea.”

The piece was published on July 19 on various publications. 

Justice Chandrachud was reacting to a plea for urgent listing of a petition on violence against the Christian community on the basis of news reports and was angry at the trend of hurling personal attacks against the Judges. 

“I was down with Covid, so the matter could not be taken up. But I recently read a news article saying the Supreme court is delaying the hearing in the matter. Give us a break! One of the judges was down with covid, that’s why we couldn’t hear it. There’s a limit to how much you can target judges”, Justice Chandrachud said.

The honourable judge also went on to wonder who is publishing such news. He agreed to an urgent listing of the petition, lest there be another similar news item saying that Supreme Court is delaying the listing.

Justice Chandrachud is not the only Supreme Court Judge to be disturbed by media reports in recent times. Last week, Chief Justice of India, N.V. Ramana alleged that the media is creating difficulties for the judiciary and harming democracy. He expressed concerns about the “concerted campaigns” in media and social media against judges, and debates on media on cases heard by the courts calling them “ill-informed and agenda-driven.”

CJI Ramana was making these remarks amid the backlash the judiciary is facing in recent weeks over controversial remarks and judgements, especially over oral remarks against Nupur Sharma.

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