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Over 600 lawyers send letter to CJI Chandrachud warning of threats to judicial integrity

Written by  Annesha Barua -- March 28th 2024 11:38 AM
Over 600 lawyers send letter to CJI Chandrachud warning of threats to judicial integrity

Over 600 lawyers send letter to CJI Chandrachud warning of threats to judicial integrity

PTC News Desk: More than 600 lawyers, including prominent figures such as senior advocate Harish Salve and Bar Council of India chairman Manan Kumar Mishra, have penned a letter to Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, expressing grave concerns over perceived threats to the integrity of the judiciary. 

The lawyers raised alarm over what they described as a concerted effort by a vested interest group to manipulate judicial processes, exert influence over court decisions, and malign the reputation of the judiciary through unfounded allegations and political motives.

The letter highlights the tactics employed by this group, particularly in cases involving allegations of corruption against political figures. It accuses them of fabricating false narratives to distort the functioning of the judiciary, often invoking comparisons to an idealised past era of the courts. These narratives, the lawyers argue, aim to sway judicial outcomes and undermine public confidence in the judiciary.

Of particular concern is the alleged propagation of a concocted theory of bench fixing, where attempts are made to influence the composition of judicial benches and cast doubt on the impartiality of judges. The lawyers condemn such actions as not only disrespectful but also detrimental to the rule of law and the principles of justice.

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The letter also highlights the timing of these efforts, often coinciding with significant national events such as elections. It draws parallels to similar activities observed in previous years, suggesting a deliberate pattern of behavior aimed at destabilising the judicial system.

In urging the Supreme Court to take decisive action to safeguard the judiciary from external pressures, the lawyers emphasise the importance of speaking out against such threats. They caution against maintaining a passive stance, warning that silence could inadvertently empower those seeking to undermine the rule of law.

Ultimately, the lawyers call for robust measures to uphold the independence and integrity of the judiciary, emphasizing that now is not the time for dignified silence in the face of concerted efforts to undermine the pillars of justice.

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(Inpus from agencies)



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