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CJI laments ‘indecorous’ behaviour, motivated conduct in court proceedings | India News

NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Thursday called for shunning indecorous behaviour and motivated conduct during court proceedings and said it is important to identify such elements and put them in “quarantine” to ensure the dignity of the judiciary.
The CJI was speaking at the Independence Day celebrations in the Supreme Court premises in the presence of law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, attorney general K K Venugopal and other senior advocates.
The law minister said the judiciary should have an in-house mechanism to maintain discipline and accountability among judges.
Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said the judiciary is all prepared to tackle the growing number of litigation and to ensure speedy disposal of cases by reinventing its infrastructure. He said all stakeholders should rise against parochial mindsets and myopic views.
“There has been an unprecedented rise in the number of incidents of indecorous behaviour. It has raised its ugly head in all courts. It is important that stakeholders identify and isolate such elements to ensure decorum of this institution isn’t lost. It will test our mettle and character,” the CJI said.
Prasad flagged the issue of judicial indiscipline and said some of the high courts keep entertaining and passing orders in unnecessary PILs and are almost running a “parallel administration” in the state.
Holding that judiciary has played a very important role in strengthening the democratic system the country, Prasad said there are judges who pass orders for publicity, particularly at the fag end of their career, and such behaviour must be criticised.
He said the Supreme Court should put in place some mechanism to ensure judicial accountability, propriety and discipline among judges. He also emphasised the need for an All India Judicial Service for recruitment of judges in lower courts and attract best talent to judiciary.
Attorney General Venugopal said the court of appeal should be appointed in all four regions -North, South, East and West —with 15 judges each to hear all appeals against HC order and SC should adjudicate only constitutional issues. He said that the judiciary and government have failed to ensure speedy justice to litigants which is their fundamental right. The courts of appeal can address the problem, he said.

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