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CJI: Bitter truths must remain in memory

Ranjan Gogoi, one of the four judges who went public with their grievances over former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra’s style of functioning, also said that judges must reach out to the “citizenry” through the press only in extraordinary situa...

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Nov 16, 2019, 09.14 AM IST
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NEW DELHI: Judges must maintain silence while exercising their freedom, outgoing Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said in a letter on Friday, his last working day.

Gogoi, one of the four judges who went public with their grievances over former Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra’s style of functioning, also said that judges must reach out to the “citizenry” through the press only in extraordinary situations.

“That’s not to say that judges do not speak. They do speak, but do so only out of functional necessity, and no more. Bitter truths must remain in memory,” Gogoi said in the letter. “As a public functionary entrusted with onerous constitutional duties to discharge, the idea of courting the press never endeared itself as a choice in the interest of my institution.”

Chief Justice of India designate SA Bobde will be sworn in as the next CJI on Monday at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Gogoi, who has refused to give interviews to reporters in his last few days in office, said in the letter, “I belong to an institution whose strength lay in public confidence and trust, earned not through good press, but through our work as judges on the bench. It is not the requirement of our institution, for judges to reach out to our citizenry through the press...”
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