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  • Justice Bobde, who succeeded Justice Gogoi on November 18 as the 47th CJI, has so far been lenient with mentioning of cases for urgent hearing by lawyers at the start of day's proceedings at 10.30 AM. Lawyers usually mention their cases for urgent listing and hearing before the first court of the Supreme Court, presided over by the CJI.

    Citing the rape and murder of a 27-year-old veterinarian in Hyderabad and the killing of the accused in police encounter, former Chief Justice of India R M Lodha on Tuesday said the country is struggling to protect human rights of citizens and such crimes reflect the "deep malice" that has crept in the society.

    CJI Sharad Arvind Bobde reacts to the debate, a day after the Hyderabad encounter. ‘Justice is not justice if it is revenge,’ says CJI Shara...

    In the backdrop of gunning down of the four accused by Telangana police in an encounter, Chief Justice of India S A Bobde said that the recent events in the country have shaken the firm position of justice system as justice must never ever take the form of revenge and justice loses its character if it becomes revenge.

    "I believe the institution (judiciary) must correct itself and indeed it did during the time when the much-criticised press conference was held. It was nothing more than a self-corrective measure and I do not wish to justify it," Justice Bobde said during the inauguration of a new building of the Rajsthan High Court.

    The minister said there are 704 fast-track courts for heinous offences and others and the government is in the process of setting up 1,123 dedicated courts for POCSO and rape offences. "In the law relating to women violence, we have already laid down capital punishment and other severe punishment including completion of trial in two months time," he added.

    The Supreme Court had taken into account that three judicial officers of the eight recommended by the Bombay High Court had crossed the prescribed age limit. However, the SC found Debadwar, Tavade and Kulkarni fit for elevation, keeping in view their excellent service records and the need for more judges, given the increasing pendency of cases.

    Justice Bobde said that the Indian Constitution is reflective of a fine balance of blending diversity with unity, plurality with stability, pragmatism with idealism, formality with adaptability, liberty with security and all within a framework carefully designed to safeguard the basic freedoms.

    The new roster is slightly different from the last time when the outgoing CJI Ranjan Gogoi had kept PIL matters for top five judges of the apex court, including the CJI. Besides PIL matters, CJI Bobde has kept with him matters of contempt, election, habeas corpus, social justice, direct and indirect tax cases, among others.

    Justice Gogoi's tenure as judge and as CJI was marked by some controversies and personal allegations but that never came in his way of his judicial work that was reflected in the last few days when benches headed by him delivered some path-breaking judgements.

    Justice Bobde, who was sworn-in as the 47th CJI on November 18, was responding to the suggestion of Attorney General KK Venugopal on the issue in his capacity as a member of the bar, not as the country's top law officer.

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