Underlining the troubled relationship between the bar and the bench (judges and advocates), outgoing Chief Justice of India, Justice SA Bobde, immediately mentioned there must be mutual respect between the 2 for the wonderful functioning of the judiciary.
In his farewell, organized by the Supreme Court Bar Association, Justice Bobde mentioned, “We need to pay a lot of attention to communication and relationship between bar and bench. I do not wish to criticise anybody, but the attitude and mutual respect…that is necessary for excellent functioning of judicial system.”
He had related feedback for the media too: “What we also need to look into the future is how media interprets the relation between Bar and Bench.”
The Chief Justice’s remarks come after a bench led by him was upset this morning with some senior legal professionals criticising the courtroom over its intention to take over circumstances associated to oxygen scarcity from the varied High Courts.
Almost the whole thing of Justice Bobde’s 16-month tenure went by means of digital hearings because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has prevailed in India since January 2020.
The collegium headed by him couldn’t advocate any names to raise High Court judges to the Supreme Court attributable to a scarcity of consensus.
Speaking about digital hearings, he mentioned they created inequality as a result of “your access to justice depends on access to technology”.
Justice Bobde was a part of the bench that delivered the Ayodhya verdict. He is an avid wildlife photographer and biker. He retired immediately after serving 21 years as a decide, preceded by 22 years as a lawyer.
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