Judges changing into victims of ‘juicy gossips’ and ‘slanderous’ social media posting: Justice NV Ramana

New Delhi, September 12

Supreme Court choose NV Ramana on Saturday mentioned that judges are actually changing into victims of “juicy gossips” and “slanderous social media postings” as they restrain themselves from talking in their very own defence.

Justice Ramana, who’s subsequent in line to turn out to be Chief Justice of India, mentioned that lifetime of a choose is not any higher than others and there was a misunderstanding that “judges lead a life of luxury in their ivory towers”.

Chief Justice of India S A Bobde mentioned the liberty of speech of judges “is curtailed by the same laws which prevent people from saying whatever they feel like, adverse to the independence of the judiciary”.

They had been talking on the launch of guide “Judiciary, Judge and the Administration of Justice” authored by former Supreme Court choose Justice (retd) R Banumathi, who had superannuated on July 19.

Their remarks come within the backdrop of the row involving activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan. On August 31, the apex court docket had imposed a “nominal fine” of Re 1 on Bhushan, who was convicted for prison contempt for his two tweets towards the judiciary, saying he has tried to “denigrate the reputation of the institution of administration of justice”.

Justice Ramana mentioned that the principle theme of the guide is the tasks and duties of a choose.

“Judges themselves restrain from speaking in their own defence and they are now being construed as a soft target for criticism. This issue is further complicated by the proliferation of social media and technology. Judges are becoming victims of juicy gossip and slanderous social media posting,” he mentioned.

Justice Ramana mentioned that from his personal expertise, he can say that the lifetime of a choose just isn’t higher than others and even their members of the family must make the sacrifices.

“There seems to be a misunderstanding that judges lead a life of luxury in their ivory towers. However, the reality is quite different and it is difficult for others to comprehend. Judges have to balance their social life, in order to be independent,” he mentioned.

Justice Ramana mentioned that he believes, within the current day, it requires sacrifices to be made by judges, unparalleled to every other occupation.

The CJI mentioned the judiciary belongs to the nation and its achievements are the results of “unflinching dedication” and dedication of quite a few people on and off the bench.

He mentioned that for judges and consequently for the judiciary, the most important problem is to make sure that the nation inches in the direction of the purpose set within the Constitution.

He mentioned that an unbiased judiciary is ‘Sine qua non’ (important situation) to attain the identical.

“It is not for the personal benefit of the judges but for the effective exercise of the power vested in the judiciary,” he mentioned, including, “In fact, even the freedom of speech of judges is curtailed by the same laws which prevent people from saying whatever they feel like, adverse to the independence of the judiciary.”     Talking in regards to the guide, Justice Ramana mentioned that the guide by Justice (retd) Banumathi symbolizes the immense expertise she has gained for a lot of a long time and her insights into judicial functioning stretch over all the judicial system from trial court docket to the apex court docket.

“She has worked tirelessly for 32 years, rendering justice and contributed a lot to the Indian judicial system. It is Justice Banumathi’s hard work and her independent thinking. She has always been a fearless and dynamic judge. She has vast experience on the judicial and administrative side. She has been one of the finest judges the country has witnessed,” Justice Ramana mentioned.

He added that together with her huge expertise, Justice Banumathi has laid down for all judges a information by which she had handled vital ideas of constitutional significance such because the doctrine of separation of energy and the significance of judiciary’s independence.

“She has also highlighted the relevance of judicial accountability and impartiality. In the second part of the book, she enlightens the readers about the recent developments of our judicial system about the e-courts and court management system. She elaborates on how technology has transformed the justice dispensation system,” he mentioned.

The Chief Justice of India additionally mentioned that COVID-19 pandemic would current a “huge pendency of cases” within the courts and a whole lot of emphasis must be positioned on utilising mediation for resolving many of those issues.

The CJI, who mentioned that courts are going to face a “flood of cases” as soon as the pandemic goes away and lockdowns are lifted, additionally harassed on the necessity to dedicate power to psychological well being and referred to the “uncomfortable prediction” that there could be a suicide pandemic.

Speaking on the event, apex court docket’s Justice D Y Chandrachud referred to the dedication of Justice (retd) Banumathi in the direction of the reason for justice and authorized occupation.

Justice Chandrachud, who’s the chairperson of Supreme Court E-committee, referred to the work accomplished by it and likewise offered knowledge of circumstances on the district stage through the pandemic.

He mentioned round 28.66 lakh circumstances had been registered on the district stage within the pandemic interval out of which 12.69 lakh issues had been disposed of.

Justice (retd) Banumathi mentioned the guide highlights the varied important sides of judgeship and likewise provides a complete view of the accomplishments of the E-court undertaking.

Supreme Court choose Justice Indu Malhotra and Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Justice D N Patel additionally addressed the gathering that was attended by a number of different judges of the apex court docket. PTI


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