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HC Bar panel condemns Jagan’s allegations against Justice Ramana

The Bar Association called the letter against Justice N V Ramana, who is next in line to be CJI, an attempt to overawe the judiciary and was tantamount to contempt.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | October 15, 2020 5:23:35 am
After Jagan letter to CJI: Need free judiciary, it is for a judge to withstand pressure, says Justice RamanaAndhra CM Jagan Mohan Reddy and Justice N V Ramana

THE DELHI High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) Wednesday condemned the allegations by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy against Supreme Court judge Justice N V Ramana, saying that it amounts to contempt of court.

Jagan, in an October 6 letter to Chief Justice of India S A Bodbe, had alleged that Justice Ramana “has been influencing the sittings of the (Andhra Pradesh) High Court including the roster of few Honourable Judges”. The letter, which was released by Jagan’s office on October 10, also referred to Justice Ramana’s alleged “proximity” to TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, and the Anti-Corruption Bureau investigation into “questionable transactions of land” involving Justice Ramana’s two daughters and others in Amaravati, before it was declared the site for the new capital of the state.

On Wednesday, the DHCBA, in a unanimous resolution, said that the letter and its circulation in public domain is “a dishonest attempt at overawing the judiciary” and termed Justice Ramana, who is next in line to be the Chief Justice of India, as “one of the most virtuous judges with the highest level of integrity”.

“The Delhi High Court Bar Association condemns this blatant attempt to shake the confidence of the public at large in the judicial institution which has been performing its duty of due administration of justice assigned to it by the Constitution of India,” reads the resolution passed by DHCBA.

DHCBA further said the letter “unfairly and without reason” casts aspersions on the “alleged conduct” of Justice Ramana and the judges of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, which, it said, “is an abject and uncalled for interference in the due administration of justice by the Hon’ble High Court of Andhra Pradesh”.

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