CJI NV Ramana says there is an unfortunate new trend of ‘governments slandering judges’

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In a notable admission, India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana said on Friday that a new trend by the government to slander judges is widespread and branded as “unfortunate”. CJI NV Ramana, during his tenure as Principal Counsel since April 6, 2021, had made some pertinent remarks of vital importance such as arresting State Governments regarding the pending of cases in court , criminal cases against deputies and deputies, legal loopholes in arbitration laws, vacancy of judges in several courts, etc.

The latest sighting surfaced as a Supreme Court bench, led by CJI NV Ramana and comprising Justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli, heard a few motions challenging the Chhattisgarh High Court’s order which quashed a registered FIR under the provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act. in an alleged case against former Chief Minister Raman Singh’s principal secretary Aman Singh and his wife Yasmin Singh in 2020 when Congress triumphed in the polls and held the fort

“Whatever fights you can have is fine, but don’t try to slander the courts. I’m watching those courts as well, it’s a new trend,” he said.

“The government slanders the courts”: CJI NV Ramana

Senior Advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, representing the state of Chhatisgarh, hit back saying his party was not pressing the point at all, to which the CJI replied: “No, we are monitoring every day. You are a senior lawyer, you’ve seen this more than It’s a new trend, the government has started slandering judges, it’s unfortunate.

CJI Ramana made the remarks while considering an appeal filed by the state government and social activist Uchit Sharma. In this case, the Chhattisgarh Police Economic Crimes Wing registered an FIR against Singh and his wife in February 2020, after being alerted by the said activist, who claims to be a “social and anti-corruption activist”. Sharma requested questioning in the disproportionate assets case, which was allegedly carried out by the couple.

“We watch everyday”: CJI NV Ramana

Later in February 2020, the Chhattisgarh High Court issued an order that no enforcement action be taken against the couple. Following this, the Court even quashed the FIR in January 2022, stating that “all allegations against the Petitioner are prima facie based on probabilities and on the basis of probability no person can be prosecuted”.

Furthermore, the Court ruled that Sharma’s complaint against the Singh duo was “endorsed by the CM itself and mentioned ‘CS/EOW se jaanch karayein‘ (have the case inspected by CS/EOW). Subsequently, a preliminary investigation was opened against Singh in November 2019.

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