New Delhi: Days after the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) passed a resolution against senior Supreme Court judge Justice Arun Mishra for ‘lavishly praising’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Bombay Bar Association (BBA) on Thursday followed suit, condemning the remarks made by the senior judge. Also Read - SC Lawyers' Body Expresses Concern on Top Court Judge Praising PM, Passes Resolution Against Remark
Delivering the vote of thanks at the inaugural function of the International Judicial Conference on February 22, Justice Mishra, the third senior-most top court judge after Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justice NV Ramana, had called PM Modi an ‘internationally-acclaimed visionary‘ and a ‘versatile genius.’ Also Read - PM Modi a Versatile Genius Who Thinks Globally, Act Locally: Senior Supreme Court Judge at International Judicial Conference
In the resolution, passed by a majority vote, the association said that Justice Mishra’s words were ‘improper’ and ‘unnecessary’ and expressed ‘dismay’ over the same. “This association disapproves the conduct of a sitting judge of the Supreme Court making such obsequious remarks about the head of the Executive and believes that they are both improper and unnecessary,” stated the resolution.
The BBA, in its resolution, further noted that it was imperative for the judiciary to be, as well as appear to be, objective in its approach to the members of the Executive, both inside and outside the courtroom.
“Comments like these shock the confidence of the members of the legal fraternity and the public at large on the independence and integrity of the judiciary,” the BBA resolution stated further.
The BBA also ‘disapproved’ and ‘disowned’ Bar Council of India (BCI) chairman Manan Kumar Mishra’s criticism of the SCBA for criticising Justice Mishra.
Earlier, the Bar Association of India (BAI), too, had criticised Justice Mishra for praising the Prime Minister.