New Delhi: Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Saturday harshly criticised the propensity for “trial by media” and discussions with predetermined outcomes, particularly in the electronic media.
According to Justice Ramana, the media frequently renders judgement on matters that even competent judges find challenging to resolve.
“Of late, we see the media running kangaroo courts, at times on issues even experienced judges find difficult to decide.” “Ill-informed and agenda-driven debates on issues involving justice delivery are proving to be detrimental to the health of democracy,” he said while speaking at an event at the Jharkhand high court in Ranchi.
He was particularly harsh on the electronic media, saying it has “zero accountability.”
The Chief Justice also lashed out at false narratives in the media about “easy lives led by judges.” He pointed to “prioritising matters for adjudication” as a challenge before the Indian judiciary. The judges can’t turn a blind eye to the social realities. “The judge has to give priority to pressing matters in order to save the system from avoidable conflicts and burdens,” he said.
In addition, Justice Ramana also insisted on the need for the media to self-regulate. “Looking at recent trends, and weighing their words.” “You should not overstep and invite interference, either from the government or from the courts,” he said.
He also raised concerns about judges losing their security cover after retirement.