Sun, 20 Nov 2022 11:00 AM IST
Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud on Saturday said judges at the grassroots are reluctant to grant bail due to the fear of being targeted.
At a felicitation event organised by the Bar Council of India, CJI Chandrachud said, "The higher judiciary is flooded with bail applications due to reluctance at grassroots to grant bail. Judges at the grassroots are reluctant to grant bail not because they do not understand crime, but there is a sense of fear of being targeted for granting bail in heinous cases."
Union Law minister Kiren Rijiju was also present at the occasion. He raised concerns over several lawyers meeting the CJI regarding transfers.
"I heard some lawyers want to meet the CJI regarding the transfer case. It can be an individual issue but if it becomes a recurring instance for every decision by the collegium, which is supported by the government, then where will it lead to? The whole dimension will change," Mr Rijiju said.
CJI Chandrachud on November 9 became the 50th Chief Justice of India. He will have a tenure till November 10, 2024. He succeeded Chief Justice UU Lalit, who retired on November 9.
The senior-most judge of the Supreme Court of India Justice DY Chandrachud on November 9 became the 50th head of the Judiciary of the country. He will have a tenure till November 10, 2024.
He is considered very sensitive to the fundamental rights of citizens and the most distinctive feature of Justice Chandrachud is known for his tough attitude towards the abusers. Born on November 11, 1959, Justice Chandrachud was appointed judge of the Supreme Court on May 13, 2016.
He was the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court from October 31, 2013, until his appointment to the Supreme Court.
Prior to this, he was a judge of the Bombay High Court from March 29, 2000, until his appointment as Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court. He had also served as Additional Solicitor General of India from 1998 until his appointment as a judge in the Bombay High Court. He was designated as a senior advocate by the Bombay High Court in June 1998.