Ex-CJI R M Lodha terms as disastrous prevailing situation in judiciary

NEW DELHI: Former Chief Justice of India Justice R M Lodha today termed as “disastrous” the prevailing situation in the apex judiciary and said though the CJI is the master of roster, the allocation of cases has to be “fair and in the interest of the institution.”

Asserting that the “independence of judiciary is non-negotiable”, Justice Lodha said it was for the CJI to take the institution forward by showing “statesmanship qualities” and taking his colleagues together.

“The phase we are seeing at the Supreme Court today is, to say the least, disastrous. It is high time that collegiality is restored. The judges, though with their different approaches and different view points, must find a common ground that takes the Supreme Court forward. That maintains the independence of judiciary,” Justice Lodha said at a function to release a book by former Union Minister Arun Shourie. (AGENCIES)