‘No judicial system in a world as independent as India’s’: Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju

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New Delhi:

Union Justice and Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday that “no judiciary in the world is as independent as India’s.”

The remark comes after India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana spoke about trial by media in several cases.

“The comments made on the media trial by CJI Ramana through electronic and social media are his observation according to the situation that exists in India and in the world … if anyone thinks this way, we can discuss it in the public domain and I don’t want to comment on what he said now,” Mr Rijiju said.

“Indian judges and judiciary are completely protected and I can say clearly that no judge or judiciary is as independent in the world as it is in India,” he added.

Earlier, on the issue of the growing number of media lawsuits, CJI Ramana said, “New media tools have the enormous capacity for amplification but seem incapable of distinguishing between right and wrong, right and wrong and the real and the false.”

Chief Justice Ramana also warned that the judges might not react immediately and that this should not be mistaken for weakness or helplessness.

“The biased opinions propagated by the media affect the people, weaken democracy and harm the system. In this process, justice is affected,” added the CJI.

“By overstepping and violating your responsibility, you set our democracy two steps back. The print media always have some degree of responsibility. While the electronic media have no responsibility because what they show fades in the air. Even worse, social media,” he said.

The CJI also pointed out that these days there is an increasing number of physical attacks against judges.

The Chief Justice also pointed out that it is becoming difficult to accept the false narrative surrounding a judge’s supposedly easy life.

“There is a misconception in people’s minds that judges stay in ultimate comfort, only work from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and enjoy their holidays. Such a narrative is false. When false narratives are created about the alleged easy life led by judges is hard to swallow,” Judge Ramana said.

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