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"Judging Is My Life. It's The Best Way To Spend My Birthday!" Justice DY Chandrachud On Arnab Goswami Hearing

Sanya Talwar
11 Nov 2020 1:26 PM GMT
Judging Is My Life. Its The Best Way To Spend My Birthday! Justice DY Chandrachud On Arnab Goswami Hearing
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While the vacation bench of Justice Chandrachud & Justice Indira Banerjee assembled today in Supreme Court to hear urgent cases, some riveting exchanges emanated from a full day of hearing in Arnab Goswami's plea for release.It also happens to be Justice DY Chandrachud's birthday today.The Court remained in session throughout the day today from 10.30 AM To 4.15 PM. When the marathon...

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While the vacation bench of Justice Chandrachud & Justice Indira Banerjee assembled today in Supreme Court to hear urgent cases, some riveting exchanges emanated from a full day of hearing in Arnab Goswami's plea for release.

It also happens to be Justice DY Chandrachud's birthday today.

The Court remained in session throughout the day today from 10.30 AM To 4.15 PM. When the marathon hearing got over, Senior Advocate Harish Salve in lighter vein, remarked that this was perhaps the worst way to spend one's birthday. To this, Justice Chandrachud smiled and said,

"No no! This is actually the best way to spend it. I am in court judging and it is my life. I love it!"

The Top Court granted interim bail to Goswami and two other co-accused in the case.

During the hearing, Justice DY Chandrachud made noteworthy remarks during the course of hearing.

"Assuming the FIR is the gospel truth and thats a matter of investigation but is not paying up money abetment to suicide? It will be a travesty of justice if bail is not granted while FIR is pending Mr. Sibal," said the Judge to Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal who appeared for the State of Maharashtra.

Justice DY Chandrachud mentioned that personal liberty of a citizen had nothing to do with their style or working or ideology.

"Whatever be his ideology, left to myself I don't even watch his channel, but if in this case, constitutional courts do not interfere today - we are traveling the path of destruction undeniably," said the Judge.

In the context of upholding the tenets of Personal Liberty, Justice Chandrachud said that High Courts must not fall short of exercising their constitutional duties. 

"We must send a message across to the High Courts today, Please exercise your jurisdiction to uphold personal liberty!"  

                                                          - Justice DY Chandrachud

Justice Chandrachud also commented on Indian Democracy,

"I never watch his channel. I never turn it on. I must say our democracy is extraordinarily resilient. Governments must ignore all this. This is not the basis on which elections are fought."

When Senior Advocate Rohatgi was reading out from a judgement Justice Chandrachud, smilingly, commented:

" when a lawyer reads a line from a decision, the judge instinctively goes back to the previous lines."


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