Rise in indecorous behaviour in courts: CJI Ranjan Gogoi

Justice Ranjan Gogoi

New Delhi, AUg 16: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday said judiciary is witnessing spurt in indecorous behaviour and called for urgent steps to end “loud and motivated” conduct in the courts.

Speaking at the Independence Day celebrations organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), Justice Gogoi said, “The Indian judiciary has since some time past witnessed an unprecedented rise of instances of indecorous acts which do not align with the charter of an institution.”

The CJI did not specify what instances he was referring to but added that “such instances of inappropriate behaviour have raised their ugly head in all courts including the Supreme Court” and that “graceful..and… pleasant discourses and deliberations are increasingly being replaced by loud and motivated conduct”.

Calling for steps to control this, he said, “It is important that stakeholders quickly identify and isolate such elements and put them to quarantine. It is time for all of us to introspect and redraw the lines that ought to bind each of the stakeholders to ensure that the decorum and dignity of this great institution is not lost…so that the meritorious enjoy…space and are able to contribute to the good of the institution and steer it to new standards of excellence”.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was critical of the manner in which some High Courts entertained Public Interest Litigations.

He called for an in-house corrective mechanism in the judiciary with the Supreme Court at its apex “to ensure discipline, judicial propriety and in some way judicial accountability”. This, he pointed out, had become important today when the role of the judiciary has become a matter of great trust for the country.

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