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Lawyers’ Letter to CJI Chandrachud: Upholding Judicial Integrity Under Scrutiny


In a significant development, more than 600 lawyers, including eminent senior advocate Harish Salve and Bar Council of India chairman Manan Kumar Mishra, have penned a letter to the Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud, expressing their deep concern over what they perceive as a grave threat to the integrity of the judiciary.

The Allegations

The lawyers allege that a vested interest group is actively attempting to manipulate judicial processes, influence court decisions, and tarnish the reputation of the judiciary with baseless allegations and political agendas. These actions, they assert, are not only disrespectful but also damaging to the rule of law and the principles of justice.

Fabrication of False Narratives

One of the alarming tactics highlighted in the letter is the fabrication of false narratives aimed at portraying a skewed view of the judiciary’s functioning. These narratives often draw comparisons to a purported ‘golden age’ of the courts, intending to influence judicial outcomes and erode public trust in the judiciary. The lawyers emphasize that such tactics are particularly evident in cases involving political figures accused of corruption.

Bench Fixing and Attacks on Judges

The lawyers express dismay over the phenomenon of political flip-flopping, where politicians switch stances on legal matters depending on their interests. This behavior undermines the credibility of the legal system. Additionally, the letter raises concerns about the “concocted theory of bench fixing”.

Letter to Chandrachud is a Call for Vigilance

The lawyers conclude their letter by urging the judiciary to remain vigilant against these threats. They emphasize that the attacks on the judiciary are not mere criticisms but direct assaults meant to damage the public’s trust in the institution and threaten the fair application of laws.

Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, who has been at the forefront of several landmark judgments, is yet to respond to the lawyers’ letter. Legal experts and observers are closely monitoring the situation, recognizing the gravity of the concerns raised by the legal fraternity.

As the legal community rallies to protect the judiciary’s independence and integrity, the question remains: Will the collective voice of over 600 lawyers serve as a wake-up call for safeguarding the pillars of justice?

Sources: Hindustan Times

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