Thursday, March 23, 2023

A Clear-headed Judge with Great Clarity of Thought: Subhash C Kashyap on Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud

Justice DY Chandrachud has been on the highest number of Constitution benches. He believes in the Constitution as a “transformative document”. SUBHASH C KASHYAP, former Secretary-General of the Lok Sabha and an eminent Constitution expert, spoke to INDIA LEGAL on Justice Chandrachud’s new role as chief justice

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INDIA LEGAL: India has got its 50th chief justice as Justice Chandrachud. What are your thoughts on the appointment?

SUBHASH C KASHYAP: The appointment of Justice Chandrachud should be welcomed. Everyone should accept it. 

IL: The Indian judiciary is facing a host of problems. Now that Justice Chandrachud has taken charge as the helmsman of the judiciary, how do you see him tacking long standing issues?

SK: No doubt the Indian judiciary is beset with formidable problems. But I firmly believe that Justice Chandrachud will face all kinds of challenges related to the courts, and come up with enduring solutions and do justice to everyone.

IL: The Constitution benches are functioning in the Supreme Court after a long time. Decisions of many sensitive cases will come during the tenure of Justice Chandrachud. What will be the responsibility of Justice Chandrachud in this regard? 

SK: The chief justice is the captain of the judicial team of the country. His vision guides the judiciary. Now that Justice Chandrachud has taken charge, it is expected that his team will dispense justice in each and every case.

IL: His judgments have shown the liberal, pro-feminist face of Justice Chandrachud. He has also given a lot of importance to the Constitution, so what is his responsibility as CJI?

SK: Justice should be done according to the Constitution in every case. Also, justice should be done in accordance to the law. Justice Chandrachud is a clear-headed judge with utmost clarity of thought. I believe that he will definitely leave the mark of his personality and world view on not only on his body of work, but also in overall judicial administration. He will provide the guiding principle for the judiciary to follow. Every issue of the court should be decided according to the Constitution. I know that he will give due importance to the Constitution.  

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