CJI DY Chandrachud on Law Minister: Chief Justice DY Chandrachud made an important statement regarding the challenges facing the judiciary, the Collegium system and the Law Minister. The CJI said on Saturday (March 18) that in my 23 years as a judge, no one told me how to decide the case. He said that I do not want to get involved with the Law Minister on this issue, because we may have different perceptions. There is nothing wrong in this.
Law Minister Kiren Rijiju has been very vocal against the collegium system. Apart from this, the Law Minister had said that there are some judges who are activists and part of the anti-India gang who are trying to turn the judiciary against the government like the opposition parties. He had said that some people go to the Supreme Court and ask to rein in the government. It cannot be that the judiciary is not part of any group or political affiliation.
Kiren Rijiju mentioned Laxman Rekha
Kiren Rijiju had also said that how can these people openly say that Indian Judiciary should face the government. If judges become a part of administrative appointments then who will do judicial work. He said that this is the reason why the Lakshman Rekha is very clear in the constitution.
“No pressure from the government”
Chief Justice DY Chandrachud said at the India Today Conclave that there is absolutely no pressure from the government on how to decide the cases. If the judiciary has to remain independent, we have to protect it from outside influences. On the collegium system of appointment of judges, the CJI said that not every system is flawless, but it is the best system that we have developed.
“Works even during the holidays”
Regarding the functioning and holidays of the judges, the CJI said that the judges of the Supreme Court in India sit for 200 days in a year. His leisure is spent in thinking about cases, in reading about laws. People see us sitting in the court from 10:30 am to 4 pm.
The CJI said that we deal with 40 to 60 cases every day in the Supreme Court. In order to be prepared for the matters that come the next day, we spend an equal amount of time studying in the evening. Normally on Saturdays each judge of the Supreme Court pronounces the judgement. On Sunday we all sit and study for Monday. Without exception, every judge of the Supreme Court works seven days a week.
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