Senior Supreme Court Justice NV Ramana has said that the greatest strength of the judiciary is the trust of the people in it and judges should be “firm in upholding their principles” and “fearless in their decisions”. to withstand all pressures and disagreements.
Ramana justice comments hold importance against the backdrop of an unprecedented move recently by Andhra Pradesh YS Chief Minister Yagan Mohan Reddy to make charges against him in a letter to India Chief Justice SA Bobde.
Speaking at a condolence meeting Saturday for former Supreme Court Judge AR Lakshmanan who passed away on August 27, Justice Ramana said, “The greatest strength of the judiciary is the trust of the people in it. Trust, trust and acceptability do not can be commanded, they must be won “.
Reminders of justice Ramana in a public office are the first since controversy erupted after Prime Minister Andhra Pradesh wrote the letter.
The senior judge added that “there are innumerable qualities that a person needs to live what can be called a good life: humility, patience, kindness, a strong work ethic and enthusiasm to continually learn and improve oneself.”
“Most importantly, especially for a judge, he must be steadfast in upholding their principles and fearless in their decisions. It is an important quality for a judge to withstand all pressures and disagreements and to stand boldly against all obstacles, “he said
Recalling the former judge, Justice Ramana said, “We should all take inspiration from his words and strive to make a living and independent judiciary that is required in the present time.”
He said his belief is that Justice Lakshmanan embodied all the qualities required to be one of the best judges the country has ever seen.
Justice Ramana said, “Our values are ultimately our greatest asset, and we must never forget the same thing” and added that Justice Lakshmanan wore his values in his sleeves and he has learned tremendously from him about to be a good person and a judge.
Justice Lakshmanan, who was hailed by Tamil Nadu, was appointed Permanent Judge of the Madras High Court in 1990 and he became President of the Rajasthan High Court and also served as President of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh.
He rose as a Supreme Court judge in 2002 and served until his retirement in 2007.
During his tenure as High Court Judge, Justice Lakshmanan was part of several benches of the Constitution and contributed to more than 200 trials covering a wide range of issues, including taxation, management of religious institutions, service matters, laws of work and welfare of employees.
Following his retirement, he was appointed Chairman of the 18th Judiciary Commission of India and submitted 32 comprehensive reports to the Government of India recommending various measures to improve the judicial system in the country.
Several bodies of lawyers from all over the country including the Bar Association of India, the High Court Bar Association, the High Court Bar Association (SCAORA) and the Bar Association of the High Court of Delhi have condemned the action of the Prime Minister of Andhra Pradesh to write “unjustified” letter to Chief Justice making charges against senior court judge.
In an unprecedented move, the prime minister wrote the October 6 letter to the CJI, claiming that Andhra Pradesh Supreme Court was being used to “destabilize and overthrow my democratically elected government”.
He had asked the CJI to look into the matter and consider the initiating steps “as may be deemed appropriate and appropriate to ensure the maintenance of the neutrality of the state judiciary”.
The prime minister had claimed that the high judge of the high court was close to TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and that a “former High Court judge ruled on this recorded fact”.
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