Do not want to get involved in issues with Law Minister, said CJI in response to the question

CJI Chandrachud

New Delhi: CJI Justice DY Chandrchud of the Supreme Court spoke on many issues in the India Today Conclave Judiciary. During this, he also mentioned the pending cases in the court. The CJI said we have a huge backlog of cases and this also shows the faith of the people. Chandrachud said that the district judiciary also lacked infrastructure, which needed to be improved.

Don’t want to get involved in issues with the law minister, the difference in our perceptions
CJI DY Chandrachud said, in my career of 23 years as a judge, no one told me how to decide a case. Responding to a question related to Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, the CJI said that I do not want to engage in issues with the Law Minister, there is a difference of perception between us. The CJI said that there is no pressure on the judiciary from the government. He said that the decision of the Election Commission (EC) is proof that there is no pressure on the judiciary.

Rijiju has been very vocal against the collegium system and has once described it as ‘something beyond the constitution’. Justice Chandrachud said he was not under any pressure from the government on how to decide the cases.

CJI Chandrachud

Need for modernization of Indian Judiciary
CJI DY Chandrachud said we need to modernize the Indian Judiciary, our model is based on the colonial model inherited from the British. Justice is not merely a sovereign function. In the next 50-75 years we have to equip Indian Judiciary with modern technology. The kind of work we did on video conferencing platforms during the pandemic is unprecedented in any part of the world.

Notably, the Supreme Court had recently ruled that the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners would be made by the President on the advice of a committee consisting of the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, and the Chief Justice of India.