The Bar Council Of India (BCI) has passed a resolution against criticism and reckless comments against the Judiciary.
A press release signed by BCI Chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said, “In recent past, we have seen the development of a new trend with regard to the action of some people against comments and observations of Supreme Court judges in the course of judicial proceeding even when such comments are not part of a judicial order. A handful of politicians and some so-called social activists are feeling elevated by criticizing and making reckless comments against the judges through social and print media. In our opinion, such attempts are a direct attack on the independence of the Judiciary. It has become a fashion for some motivated people to make personal aspersions against our judges. If this trend is allowed to continue the institution will lose its sanctity.”
“Every comment of a Supreme Court judge is being projected in such a manner as if the Judge has committed some offence by making the comment in the Court. Unfortunately in their pursuit to get cheap popularity, some people and even some of the media conceal important/relevant facts of the case and the background under which the comment or query is made by the Court,” the BCI states.
“Ms. Brinda Karat should not have made her letter public through media. This clearly shows that are motive was to get improper political benefit only. The Council requests Ms. Brinda Karat and other like people with great respect to first examine and get acquainted with the facts of the case in question. Without knowing the full facts, they should not make any reckless comment.”
It was further stated in the Resolution that, in another case of alleged rape by a man with his wife, the people raising voice against the comments of the Chief Justice of India are deliberately and purposely trying to mislead the people of the country through social media. The laws meant for protection of women are being misused flagrantly. Innocent people are being harassed, are put behind the bars and the way and the manner in which some of the media person starts malicious campaign in public makes it a matter of serious concern. The court and the investigating agencies also get influenced in most of the cases, and due to media trial, the innocent people are unable to get justice.
In conclusion, the press release said, “Please don’t try to scandalize the institution, don’t take political mileage from court proceedings of the highest judiciary, the country will not forgive you. India is a vast country, so, the signature move of a few hundreds of person is meaningless and worthless,” the resolution reads in conclusion.