Indian judiciary strongest, most robust: CJI

Indian judiciary strongest, most robust: CJI
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New Delhi, Oct 1: Outgoing Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra lauded India’s judiciary as the “strongest” and the “most robust institution” in the world.
The Indian judiciary stands firm in the face of many assault, CJI Misra, who was speaking at his farewell event said. “Our judiciary has been the strongest judiciary in the world, having the capability to handle a mind boggling number of cases,” Misra said.
Misra retires as the Chief Justice of India on Tuesday; today, however, was effectively his last day in office since Tuesday, October 2, is a public holiday.
So, unless the Supreme Court is approached for an urgent matter tomorrow, CJI Misra will not hear any legal matter ever again.
As per convention, CJI Misra held court with his successor, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who will take oath as the Chief Justice of India on October 3.
CJI Misra’s appearance in the Supreme Court was brief. The outgoing chief justice held court for around 25 minutes towards the end of which a lawyer starting singing ‘Tum jiyo hazaron saal…’, from the 1967 movie Farz.
CJI Misra, however, immediately stopped the lawyer saying, “Presently I am responding from my heart. I will respond from my mind in the evening.”
Come evening, CJI Misra was felicitated at an event in the Supreme Court premises where CJI-designate Ranjan Gogoi lauded his predecessor. “Justice Dipak Misra is a remarkable judge,” Justice Gogoi said, whose “greatest contribution has been to civil liberties.”
CJI Misra spoke next. “Justice must have human face,” Misra said. “History can be sometimes kind, and unkind. I don’t judge people by their history but by their activities, perspective.”
“Justice must be insulated from disruptive factors… the scales of justice have to be balanced… The lady of justice is blindfolded to signify neutrality,” CJI Misra said, adding, “The tears of a poor man are equal to the tears of a rich man. Tears are tears.”
“Our judiciary has been strongest judiciary in the world having capability to handle mind boggling number of cases,” CJI Misra also said. “The Supreme Court stands supreme… not just today, but [also in the times to come.