Legal Fraternity Unites Against Threats to Judicial Integrity

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29-Mar-2024
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In a significant development, over 600 lawyers, including prominent figures such as senior advocate Harish Salve and Bar Council of India chairman Manan Kumar Mishra, have come together to voice their concerns over what they perceive as a mounting threat to the judiciary's integrity.

Expressing their apprehensions in a letter addressed to Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, the legal fraternity condemned attempts by a "vested interest group" to manipulate legal processes, influence court decisions and besmirch the judiciary's reputation with baseless allegations and political motives.

According to the letter, these efforts are particularly pronounced in cases involving allegations of corruption against political figures, where concerted attempts are made to sway judicial outcomes and undermine public trust in the judiciary.

One alarming tactic highlighted in the letter is the purported fabrication of false narratives aimed at distorting the public perception of the judiciary's functioning, often drawing comparisons to an imagined 'golden age' of the courts. Such narratives, the lawyers argue, seek to exert undue influence on judicial decisions and erode confidence in the judiciary's impartiality.

The legal fraternity also raised concerns about the propagation of the "concocted theory of bench fixing," where attempts are allegedly made to influence the composition of judicial benches and cast doubt on the integrity of judges. They emphasized that such actions disrespect the judiciary and pose a grave threat to the rule of law and principles of justice.

Moreover, the lawyers expressed dismay over the phenomenon of political flip-flopping, where politicians opportunistically switch stances on legal matters to serve their interests, thereby undermining the legal system's credibility.

In a call to action, the legal fraternity urged the Supreme Court to take decisive measures to safeguard the judiciary from external pressures and uphold the sanctity of the rule of law.

"With silence, we inadvertently empower those seeking to undermine our judicial system. This is a critical juncture where dignified silence risks emboldening further assaults on our judiciary, and it's imperative that firm action is taken," emphasized the lawyers.

Author: Anushka Taraniya

News Writer, MIT ADT University