Supreme Court Chief Justice T S Thakur, brother judge carpool to court

Incidentally on Tuesday, when Justice Thakur’s car will be out on the road, the CJI-led bench will hear cases related to rising pollution in the capital.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Updated: January 5, 2016 9:17 am
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On January 1, Chief Justice of India T S Thakur and Justice A K Sikri exchanged more than just New Year greetings. The two also finalised their travel itinerary for the next 15 days when the odd-even scheme would be in effect in the capital.

The two decided to lead by example and carpool, despite being exempt from the policy as they hold constitutional posts. Justice Thakur has an odd-numbered car, while Justice Sikri’s vehicle is even. The two live close to each other.

On Monday — the first working day in the top court after winter break — Justice Sikri picked up the CJI on his way to court.

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Incidentally on Tuesday, when Justice Thakur’s car will be out on the road, the CJI-led bench will hear cases related to rising pollution in the capital.

The CJI and Justice Sikri — who are currently on the same bench — are so far the highest constitutional functionaries to have actively supported the Delhi government’s odd-even policy.

On December 6, soon after taking over as CJI, Justice Thakur had said he would support the policy if it is implemented. At that time, the proposal was at an initial stage and it was not known that Supreme Court judges would be exempt.

“I think this is the least we (judges) can do if it can actually help the environment,” he had told mediapersons. Supreme Court judges, Justice Thakur had said, should be open to the idea of carpooling. “It can be a symbol of concern for the environment that we have as judges. This may leave an impact on other people that if judges can do it, so can we,” he had said.

“All is not well with Delhi. We cannot say today whether any particular idea will work or not, but we should definitely be open to new ideas if they are aimed at controlling pollution. We can try them and see how they produce results,” he had said.

Recently, Justice Thakur had asked the Central Pollution Control Board to undertake an exercise in the apex court to examine air samples inside the courtrooms and also in its precincts and subsequently prescribe remedial measures.

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  1. S
    Jan 5, 2016 at 4:25 am
    They could have walked or cycled. They live next door ...
    1. I
      Jan 5, 2016 at 7:32 am
      This is our mentality! When persons of such eminence have taken such forward thinking intiatives only so that we, as people of Delhi, can breathe freely and live healthy, we have to make adverse comments! Seems like some loser has problems with anything that is done for the welfare of the mes! It is because of people like this Satish that we cannot progress! We should appreciate that laws are now being forced not only on common man but are being followed by dignitaries! All hail the CJI and his brethren judges!
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        Anil Tandale
        Jan 5, 2016 at 7:02 am
        CJI leads by example. Excellent.
        1. S
          Jan 5, 2016 at 9:30 am
          Chichorigiri at KEJARIWAL level is tolerable but CJI getting into this mode is not only out of place but deplorable. Every person with little grey matter in his upper storey knows that car pooling or reduction of cars on road would help the environment. However, that has to be practiced for a long time and by a very large number of people. Symbolism thus has no impact except cheap pority.
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            ASHOK KUMAR
            Jan 5, 2016 at 9:08 am
            Good example being set by good people.
            1. d
              Jan 5, 2016 at 1:11 am
              Excellent example that should followed by others.
              1. K
                Jan 5, 2016 at 5:36 am
                "Supreme Court Chief Justice T S Thakur, brother judge " What a lovely pair! Its all in the family. Wonder why they did not take along the Solicitor son and the Advocate nephew along for the ride? They are the future of the Indian judiciary, aren't they?
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                  Deepak Mehndiratta
                  Jan 14, 2016 at 5:48 am
                  We must w heartedly support any action undertaken for improving welfare of people. If ultimately it fails - then other actions can be tried out. But just sitting on the fence chattering like birds - this habit alone has caused biggest damage to our society.
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