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Present from the Minister of Justice, great remark from the Chief Justice on the college system

The Chief Justice said the lawyers’ strike is causing “consumers of justice to suffer”.

New Delhi:

Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dhananjaya Y Chandrachud, who has agreed to meet with Gujarat High Court lawyers on strike for the transfer of a judge, said on Saturday that the strike caused “suffering to consumers of justice”.

Speaking at the congratulatory ceremony hosted by the Bar Council of India (BCI), he backed the collegiate system of judicial appointments, saying it makes administrative decisions taking into account the ‘national perspective’, according to the news agency ANI.

Union Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju, who was also present at the event, criticized the protesting lawyers for seeking to meet with the CJI over the transfer case.

“It may be an individual issue, but if it becomes a recurring instance for every college decision, which is backed by the government, then where will it lead? The whole dimension will change,” he said. -he declares.

Justice Chandrachud was elevated to the highest judicial post last week and led his first collegiate meeting on November 16 where he decided to transfer three High Court judges – one each from Madras, Gujarat and Telangana – for administrative reasons .

The five-member college has recommended transferring Madras High Court Acting Chief Justice T Raja to the High Court of Rajasthan, while Justice Nikhil S Kariel and Justice A Abhishek Reddy have been proposed to be transferred to the High Court in Patna.

Justice Raja was appointed as an Additional Judge of the Madras High Court on March 31, 2009 and took office as Acting Chief Justice from September 22, 2022.

Justice Nikhil S Kariel is currently serving as a Gujarat High Court Judge while Justice A Abhishek Reddy is assigned to Telangana High Court.

Since then, the lawyers have revolted and gone on strike. The CJI agreed to meet with a delegation from the Gujarat Bar Association to discuss the proposed transfer.

The Minister of Justice said such frequent confrontations are concerning and that all parties must decide what is good for the institution.

“When I saw lawyers going to the protest… I heard reports that some lawyers were going to strike over certain issues. And in the days to come, those are some of the things we may see. “be more frequently. We have thought about it, and we have to decide if it will be good for the institution,” Rijiiju added.

Representatives of the Gujarat Bar Association are expected to meet the CJI on Monday over the proposed transfer of Gujarat High Court Judge Nikhil Kariel.

CJI Chandrachud became the 50th Chief Justice of India on November 9. He will serve until November 10, 2024. He succeeded Chief Justice UU Lalit, who retired on November 9.

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