The country's CJI NV Ramana on Wednesday termed some "speculations and reports" in the media about the meeting of the collegium in the context of the appointment of judges in the Supreme Court as extremely unfortunate.
New Delhi: CJI NV Ramana on Wednesday termed as "extremely unfortunate" some "speculations and reports" in the media about the meeting of the collegium in the context of appointment of judges in the Supreme Court. The Chief Justice said in a program organized on the occasion of the retirement of Justice Navin Sinha that the process of appointment of judges is very sacred and with it the dignity of the court is also attached.
CJI expressed concern
On this occasion, I would like to take the liberty of expressing my concern over some speculations and reports in the media. You all know that we need to appoint judges in this court. This process is going on, more meetings will be held for this, then decisions will be taken. That's why media colleagues should respect this sanctity.
The CJI said that the Supreme Court as an institution has great respect for the freedom of the media and the rights of citizens and the manner in which the developments during the pendency of the process were reflected in a section of the media adversely affected the dignity of the system.
Irresponsible news suppresses talent: CJI
He said, 'There have been many cases where the way forward for the deserving talent got blocked due to some irresponsible news and speculation. All this was unfortunate and I am upset because of this. Few journalists and media houses who have shown maturity reporting such professional journalists and ethical media are the real power of the Supreme Court and democracy. You are part of the system so I expect all the parties to uphold the dignity of the judiciary.
The CJI was speaking in the context of media reports that said the collegium headed by him is understood to have recommended nine names for as judges in the Supreme Court.