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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    Sirius
    Jan 5, 2016 at 4:25 am
    They could have walked or cycled. They live next door ...
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      Indian
      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.
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          Surinder
          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.
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              dv1936
              Jan 5, 2016 at 1:11 am
              Excellent example that should followed by others.
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                Kautilya
                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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                    R.Mehta
                    Jun 6, 2016 at 5:38 am
                    Most of the Honable Judges of Supreme Court of India have not got their own cars. But the same is because of their own choice and decesion and not because they cannot afford to have a car. Almost all the Honable Judges of Supreme Court and High Courts before their elevation as a Judge were having good practice as a lawyer and have investments in immovable properties etc ,which they have done from the earnings from their practice. In view of same it is not that they cant buy a car of their own choice .As on elevation as a Judge ,they are provided with Car , those who have existing cars keep it and those intending to change it because of the same becoming old ,prefer not to have another car ,because of official vehicle available with them. As the Honable Judges are transefered from one High Court to another and amongst them some are elevated as Supreme Court Judges ,even if they had a car in their home State ,while moving out to other State ,most of them will prefer to keep their car in the home State ,if it is required by some of their family member there or may decide to sell, the same ,instead of taking the same to other State ,where they are transferred. The decesion of Honable Judges in not having their own car is by choice as if they dont have any other family member ,who needs it exclusively for use ,even if they buy a car,it will, not be used. Now as in recent past some of the lawyers practicing in Supreme Court have been elevated as Honable Judges of Supreme Court ,they do have latest and expensive cars with them ,which they may like to continue along with their official vehicle.
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                      Merlin Joy
                      Jan 11, 2016 at 9:18 am
                      This is one of the exciting article I have come across recently. I also have a similar website about Ride Sharing
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                        Niya Sharma
                        Mar 31, 2016 at 8:40 am
                        This is one of the exciting article I have come across recently. I also have a similar website about Carpooling
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                          Rajiv Pande
                          Jan 5, 2016 at 11:19 pm
                          Soon the newness and euphoria will wear off. it is simply not practical to force people to take a particular mode of transport. If this is all about car pooling then there are other ways. For example increase the parking fee to a level where people will find it attractive to car pool.
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                            sachith
                            Jan 5, 2016 at 5:03 am
                            Very good example.
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                              Sanjeev Singal
                              Jan 5, 2016 at 12:39 am
                              03-21 यद्यत् = whatever आचरति = he does श्रेष्ठः = a respectable leader तत् = that तत् = and that alone एव = certainly इतरः = common जनः = person सः = he यत् = whichever प्रमाणं = example कुरुते = does perform लोकाः = all the world तत् = that अनुवर्तते = follows in the footsteps
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                                Sathish
                                Jan 5, 2016 at 5:13 am
                                Contempt for the contemptible judiciary! LOL!
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                                  Sathish
                                  Jan 5, 2016 at 5:17 am
                                  Criminal govern-menters should try enacting a law that aam s should send their brides for first night to the CM. Tell them it is for their good to have a good progeny. Involve police slaves and rose-giving-slaves to enforce the law. I would not be surprised if aam s like you comply with it!! LOL!!
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                                    Sathish
                                    Jan 5, 2016 at 5:45 am
                                    LOL!
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                                      Sathish
                                      Jan 5, 2016 at 5:47 am
                                      Ssshhhhh!! Vatican terrorists will not like your contempt for the judges!
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                                        Sathish
                                        Jan 5, 2016 at 5:28 am
                                        To make the offer more attractive, offer free nasbandi for the groom! LOL!! Kaliyug is unimaginably funny and fascinating.
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                                          Sathish
                                          Jan 5, 2016 at 2:19 am
                                          Two terrorists carpooled!! Pressution is a key element in running the demonCrazy!
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                                            APUPADHYAY
                                            Jan 5, 2016 at 2:39 pm
                                            In odd/ even car pooling, how will be Govt. driver ry or car allowance alllocated?
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