THE HON’BLE CHIEF JUSTICE OF INDIA DATE: 15.10.2020
SUPREME COURT OF INDIA PLACE: CHENNAI
TILAK MARG, MANDI HOUSE,
NEW DELHI, DELHI 110001.
SUBJECT: MHAA UNANIMOUSLY CONDEMNS THE LETTER ISSUED BY Y.S.R JAGAN REDDY
Respected Hon’ble Chief Justice of India,
1. It is with great pain and anguish that I am writing this present letter of condemnation against the letter issued by Shri. Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh that has wreaked havoc in the Indian Judiciary. This letter issued by Y.S. Jagan MohanReddy marks the gravest situation in the history of Indian Judiciary and for the times yet to come. This letter has taken a blasphemous form to shake the faith that the people have on the Judicial system that is treated in sanctity.
2. The aim of the letter strives to impeach the faith the public has on this Judicial system. The Chief Minister of AndhraPradesh Shri Jagan Mohan Reddy, in scandalizing and lowering the authority of the judiciary by raising false allegations against Justice N.V. Ramana and other judges, under the pretext interference in the lower judiciary is absolutely false and a concocted story.
3. The Letter stems from a personal vendetta that Shri. Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy seems to be having with several prominent people in his state and that being a root cause for having spite with his political rivalries.Now he is trying to blame the Judicial system and damage its reputation in a mere attempt to settle personal scores. Shri Jagan Mohan Reddy’s derogatory and defamatory statements against the Supreme Court Judge and the Hon’ble Judges of the Andra Pradesh High Court suffers from lack of material proof and such lettersof hatred only casts several aspersions on him against the timing of the issuance of this letter, a clear sign depicting lack of political knowledge and general know how.
4. The letter seems very evident of his political agenda than anything else. It further shows his lack of political experience in handling situations that require certain level of requisite political maturity than to blame the Judicial system, its functions and functionaries.
5. The letterissued Shri. Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is nothing short of a fiction story meant only for the purpose of casting doubts about the functioning of Judicial system. The aim seems to be to defame the Hon’ble Judges with politically motivated intent. Shri. Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy ought to keep his political spite in politics and not to try gaining mileagein politics by blaming and chastising the Judicial system. He ought to know the consequences of such actions and it is high time the Bar and the Bench shall take serious note of the number of letters that crop up against the Judiciary and its functioning.
6. Shri. Y.S. Jagan MohanReddy is attempting to diminish the strength of this institution with concocted stories doctored through vivid and vile imaginations. His stories of vilifying the institution is a mere attempt to smear the reputation which this institution rightly holds since ages and now his letter is nothing short of a child’s cry though sheer frustration for reasons best known only to him.
7. Mr. Y.S. Jagan MohanReddy fails to understand that courts are not vicariously liable to anyoneso as to be portrayed as either victims or villains according to the whims and fancies of those in power. Courts are Justice dispensing systems with theauthority to adjudicate legal disputes between parties and carry out the administration of justice in civil, criminal and administrative matters in accordance with the rule of law. In both common law and civil law legal systems, courts are the central means for dispute resolution, and it is generally understood that all people have an ability to bring their claims before a court. Similarly, the rights of those accused of a crime include the right to present a defence before a court. The system of courts that interprets and applies the law is collectively known as the judiciary.
8. Mr. Y.S. Jagan MohanReddy further fails to understand that Judicial independence serves as a safeguard for the rights and privileges provided by our Constitution and prevents Executive and Legislative encroachment upon those rights. It serves as a foundation for the rule of law and democracy. The rule of law means that all authority and power must come from an ultimate source of law. Under an independent judicial system, the courts and its officers are free from inappropriate intervention in the judiciary’s affairs. With this independence, the judiciary can safeguard people’s rights and freedoms which ensure equal protection for all.
9. The effectiveness of the law and the respect that people have for the law and the government which enacts it is dependent upon the judiciary’s independence to meet out fair decisions. Failure on the part of the government will only be detrimental to this Great Nation and Judiciary shall by no means be scapegoated for Government’s failures. Furthermore, it is a pillar of economic growth as multinational businesses and investors will muster the confidence to invest in the economy of a nation who has a strong and stable judiciary that is independent of interference.
10. If this type of attitude is entertained, then each and every leader of the Political Parties, bureaucrats and executives will take the matter at their hands and very easily threaten the independence of the Judiciary. It is very easy to make allegations against the Judges of the Supreme Court and High Court. The Judges can’t come forward to defend themselves before the media or public. In such circumstances these politicians will try to target the Judges of the Apex body. I request the Chief Justice of India to deal with this matter with iron hands and to put an end to these type of allegations.
Time has come for all those within the institution to show exactly what this institution is made up off and curb attempts such as these and all such mischievous activities to all possible extent in order to establish the rule of law through the might of the Judiciary and the faith bestowed on it by the people of this Great Nation.