The Attorney General for India KK Venugopal said on Friday that the Chief Justice of India should have a minimum tenure of 3 years so as to ensure that long-standing reforms can be made.
The AG was giving a farewell message to the outgoing CJI SA Bobde on his last working day.
"It is a sad occasion. I feel the tenure of Chief Justice of India should be of a minimum 3 years so as to ensure that long-standing reforms can be made", the AG said before CJI Bobde who was leading a ceremonial bench along with the CJI-designate Justice NV Ramana.
The AG continued, "In March 2020, the world was suffering from COVID-19. Every country in the world was shaken. Supreme Court decided to take a call and the Bar thought that the Court would close down. But CJI Bobde rose to the occasion and started virtual hearing, with almost 50,000 cases disposed of. It was a great achievement."
On this note, the AG concluded his thoughts by stating, "We should all applaud the CJI for the work he has done".
Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta also had a few words to say.
"You will not only be known as an erudite and brilliant judge, but also a loving and caring human. We will miss you. We wish you a healthy and successful life ahead", said the SG.
Senior Advocate and President of the Supreme Court Bar Association Vikas Singh, in light of the farewell, informed the CJI that he agreed with the AG and that there needed to be a Constitutional amendment so that the tenure of the Judges could be increased.
"Even though the pandemic happened, you kept the wheels of justice moving. You took up such a contentious matter on the last day too. This shows the involvement of the Judges and to ensure oxygen supply can be maintained. Till the last day, you were concerned about what is happening. I will say more at the official farewell", concluded Singh.
CJI Bobde is stepping down after a term of nearly eighteen months (November 18, 2019 - April 23, 2021). Justice Ramana will have a till August 26, 2022 as CJI.