Judiciary facing crisis of credibility: Chief Justice of India

The CJI assured the lawyers that if Bar cooperates, judges will be ready to sit even on Saturdays to finish old legal matters.

By: PTI | Allahabad | Updated: March 13, 2016 8:08 pm
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Judiciary as an institution is facing a crisis of credibility which is a challenge from within, Chief Justice of India T S Thakur said here on Sunday as he asked judges to be conscientious of their duties.

With concern being raised over huge pendency of cases, Justice Thakur did not mince any words as he said that Bar has “not been very very cooperative” in the disposal of cases even if judges are ready to put extra hours.

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“At times judges feel that the delay in the disposal of cases is only because the Bar does not, at times, cooperate,” he said at the function to inaugurate 150th anniversary of the Allahabad High Court.

The CJI said he can assure the lawyers that if Bar cooperates, judges will be ready to sit even on Saturdays to finish old matters, especially related to people languishing in jail for years.

Underlining the glorious history of Allahabad High Court, he said it is a matter of great pride for him that Pandit Motilal Nehru, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Tej Bahadur Sapru, Kailash Nath Katju, who have left indelible marks in history, belong to his home state Jammu and Kashmir.

“Difficult times have been seen by this court. Difficult challenges have also been seen by this court but judges have risen to the occasion. They have discharged their duties fearlessly…but we cannot sleep or rejoice over the laurels of the past only.

“We have great challenges in future and we need to get ready to meet those challenges. Judiciary as an institution, as we all know, is always under public gaze and has challenges not only from within but from outside also. Challenges from outside do not disturb us so much. We all face them well but we need to look after and what need to be aware of are challenges from within,” he said.

The Chief Justice of India said, “…and when I speak about challenges from within I am referring to the crisis of credibility that we face in the country today. Judges need to be conscientious of in their discharge of duties, punctuality, judicial retribute and effort to do the best is what is the need of the hour”.

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    Balasubramanian
    Mar 13, 2016 at 6:14 pm
    Jayalalitha, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Sonia hi, Rahul i, Salman Khan, Teesta Setalvad, Dayanithi Maran, Ottavio Quattrocchi, Kapil Sibal, Spectrum A Raja, Kanimozhi - All have made Indian Judiciary "Proud". The Judiciary can restore its credibility only if it can punish the bigwigs for their crimes against the country without any fear or favour.
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      Kumikif
      Mar 13, 2016 at 8:34 pm
      BGGR speaks at the end of his career.?
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        Sirius
        Mar 13, 2016 at 3:54 pm
        Judiciary needs to reform itself . It needs to believe in justice delivery system , instead of merely playing by the book. We need judiciary to be continuous learners, even going back to law college as teachers and students after retirement, mentoring state prosecution arms and police on how to prepare bulletproof cases for the court, we need judiciary to suggest changes in laws ( e.g. , laws of contract) so that cases don't come to court or are settled outside the courts ...
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          Pongada.NAIngala
          Mar 13, 2016 at 3:39 pm
          All through his career the Chief Justice was a just born baby who did not realize the sham call Indian judiciary much worse than the street beggar who was much more aware of what the FK is going on the country.
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            Indian
            Mar 13, 2016 at 3:31 pm
            The efforts of the Central Bureau of Investigation towards custodial interrogation of Dayanidhi Maran, former telecom Minister and brother of media moghul Kalanidhi Maran, were struck down by a Supreme Court bench led by Justice TS Thakur that concluded that a summon-and-inquire investigation was enough.
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            Indian
            Mar 13, 2016 at 3:26 pm
            Justice T.S. Thakur asked whether political vendetta was behind the push for Maran’s arrest. Asking the CBI whether it was trying to "fix" him, Justice Thakur asked, “Why the CBI need to arrest a man for Rs.1 crore pending phone bill. When the FIR was filed in 2013, why didn't you make any arrest? What were you doing for nearly three years?” - and he let off - prevented CBI from arresting Maran in the illegal Telephone Exchange case. How can the Judiciary will have credibility with such rulings?
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              Indian
              Mar 13, 2016 at 3:41 pm
              1. When Jayalalitha was convicted by a Karnatata Special Court, the Supreme Court ordered the High Court to complete the appeal proceedings within a specified time, giving relief to the corrupt politician. Now the case is pending in Supreme court for many many months. 2. On 6 May 2015, Salman Khan was found guilty of all charges in the case. The Bombay Sessions Court concluded that Salman Khan was driving the car under the influence of alcohol causing the death of one and serious injury to four homeless persons. In December 2015, Khan was acquitted of all charges from this case, due to lack of evidence 3. Lalu Prasad was convicted by the lower court in Fodder scam, and now he is on bail, happily controlling the Bihar government. 4. In 2G case Kani mozhi was denied bail by the lower court, then Supreme Court let her be on bail. 5. Kanhaya, the anti national element, arrested on sedition charges, has been let off on bail, now he is attacking Indian Army with unsubstantiated accusations. 6. In Bofors case, the court allowed unfreezing the accounts of the corrupt, so they can enjoy the ill gotten wealth. How can the Judiciary will have credibility with such rulings?
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                Indiann
                Mar 13, 2016 at 3:57 pm
                1. When Jayalalitha was convicted by a Karnataka Special Court, the Supreme Court ordered the High Court to complete the appeal proceedings within a specified time, giving relief to the corrupt politician. Now the case is pending in Supreme court for many many months. 2. On 6 May 2015, Salman Khan was found guilty of all charges in the case. The Bombay Sessions Court concluded that Salman Khan was driving the car under the influence of alcohol causing the death of one and serious injury to four homeless persons. In December 2015, Khan was acquitted of all charges from this case, due to lack of evidence 3. Lalu Prasad was convicted by the lower court in Fodder scam, and now he is on bail, happily controlling the Bihar government. 4. In 2G case Kani mozhi was denied bail by the lower court, then Supreme Court let her be on bail. 5. Kanhaya, the anti national element, arrested on sedition charges, has been let off on bail, now he is attacking Indian Army with unsubstantiated accusations. 6. In Bofors case, the court allowed unfreezing the accounts of the corrupt, so they can enjoy the ill gotten wealth. 7. The efforts of the Central Bureau of Investigation towards custodial interrogation of Dayanidhi Maran, former telecom Minister and brother of media moghul Kalanidhi Maran, were struck down by a Supreme Court bench led by Justice TS Thakur that concluded that a summon-and-inquire investigation was enough. How can the Judiciary have credibility with such rulings?
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