Janab Altamas Kabir,
Hon’ble Chief Justice,
Supreme Court of India,
Kindly refer to your statement appearing in media raising serious objections as to valuable right of expression of freedom.
“It (media trial) can prejudice against an accused in a case,” he said. “The issue should be left to the courts to decide,” the CJI added.
Judges should function impartially, neutrally and remain uninfluenced by extraneous factors. While joining the pious job they take oath, “I …… I will duly and faithfully and to the best of my ability, knowledge and judgment perform the duties of my office WITHOUT FEAR OR FAVOUR, AFFECTION OR ILL-WILL and that I will uphold the Constitution and the laws.” If the oath has any meaning and implications then how it can be expected that media trials may prejudice the trial. If the judges breach this fundamental oath, I think they are not eligible to hold the post any more. And if the oath has no meaning or merely an empty formality or ritual then this kidding must be stopped forthwith. Therefore, judiciary, in a democratic country, should abstain from releasing such immature statements to protect it’s own dignity.
Mani Ram Sharma