NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud on Saturday said Judges at the grassroots are reluctant to grant bail due to the sense of fear of being targeted for granting bail in heinous cases.
At a felicitation event organized by the Bar Council of India, CJI Chandrachud said, "The higher judiciary is flooded with bail applications due to reluctance at grassroots to grant bail. Judges at the grassroots are reluctant to grant bail not because they do not understand crime, but there is a sense of fear of being targeted for granting bail in heinous cases."
Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju was also present at the occasion. He raised concerns over several lawyers meeting CJI regarding transfers.
"I heard some lawyers want to meet CJI regarding the transfer case. It can be an individual issue but if it becomes a recurring instance for every decision by the collegium which is supported by Government then 'Where will it lead to, the whole dimension will change," Rijiju said.
The senior-most judge of the Supreme Court of India Justice DY Chandrachud on November 9 became the 50th head of the Judiciary of the country. He will have a tenure till November 10, 2024.
Justice Chandrachud succeeded Chief Justice UU Lalit who retired on November 9.
Justice Chandrachud is known as a progressive and liberal judge of the country. He is also considered very sensitive to the fundamental rights of citizens and the most distinctive feature of Justice Chandrachud is known for his tough attitude towards the abusers.
Born on November 11, 1959, Justice Chandrachud was appointed judge of the Supreme Court on May 13, 2016.
He was the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court from October 31, 2013, until his appointment to the Supreme Court.
Justice Chandrachud was a judge of the Bombay High Court from March 29, 2000, until he was appointed Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court.
He had also served as Additional Solicitor General of India from 1998 until he was appointed a judge in the Bombay High Court. He was designated as a senior advocate by the Bombay High Court in June 1998. (ANI)
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