Judicial independence is under the pressure of ‘half a dozen people’s lobby’: Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi

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Published by Ishan Soni on 20 Mar 2020

Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi recently opened up about the ongoing debate over his Rajya Sabha nomination. He also talked about the independence of a judge on a very serious note pointing out to people who keep on blaming supreme judges over their decisions.

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On Thursday, he said — the Judicial independence is stranglehold by a ‘lobby’ of people. Until the stranglehold is not broken, the Judicial can’t be called independent and free. He further added — As a judge, you need to think from all the respective perspectives before giving any judgment.

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If the decision is not according to ‘a half a dozen people’, they will point fingers on you. During his oath ceremony, he also told that retiring peacefully as a judge will only be possible if the perspective is looked from in a broader way.

After that, he refuses all the claims of quid pro quo for Rajya Sabha over major judgments he has taken during his tenure. He further said, as a judge, I always took decisions as per my conscience and not driven by what others want to hear.

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