New Delhi, Jan 23: Days after he and three senior judges of the Supreme Court took on the functioning of the apex court alleging irregularities, Justice Chelameswar on Monday said that an impartial and independent judiciary is essential for the survival of a liberal democracy. Speaking at book launch of Supreme Court of India — The beginnings, the top judge said, “I believe, and I am sure, each one of those present in the gathering believe that for the survival of a liberal democracy, an impartial and independent judiciary is essential, without which, I don’t think, liberal democracy can flourish.”Also Read - It's a Matter of Right, Not Charity: CJI N V Ramana on 50% Reservation For Women in Judiciary
Justice Jasti Chelameswar said “one must constantly keep analysing and examining how exactly the institution is functioning”, and also its achievements and failures. Speaking about the book Supreme Court of India — The beginnings, written by Prof George H Gadbois Jr, the top judge said that the book has made a study of the “foundations of the Supreme Court of India…functioning of the approximately the first two decades of its existence.” (Also Read: ‘Chief Justice First Among Equals’: Top Quotes From Supreme Court Judges’ Letter to CJI) Also Read - Nine Supreme Court Judges Take Oath of Office at Once For the First Time Ever
He said, “Those of us who are interested in sustaining and improving the institution for the welfare of the people of this country need a greater study for the remaining period…one must constantly keep analysing and examining, how exactly the institution is functioning…” adding, “The Supreme Court of India is not a superintending court over the entire judiciary of this country.” Also Read - Tokyo Refuses to Allot Additional Slot For Paralympian Shooter, Supreme Court Informed
A few days ago, in an unprecedented press conference, Judge Chelameshwar and three other top Supreme Court judges alleged irregularities and the Chief Justice of India (CJI) for being unresponsive to their requests.
“Administration of the Supreme Court is not in order. Many things less than desirable have happened in the last few months. We owe a responsibility to the institution and the nation. We tried to collectively persuade the Chief Justice that certain things are not in order and remedial measures are necessary. Unfortunately, our efforts have failed in convincing the Chief Justice of India to take steps to protect this institution,” Chelameswar said.