An advocate has come forward accusing Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud of engaging in demagoguery during a hearing for the Shiv Sena/Maharashtra assembly case. The advocate claims that the CJI went on a political rant even as Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta urged him to hear the plea. This accusation has sparked further controversy surrounding the CJI, who has been previously accused of being anti-governmental.
In the past, the CJI has delivered controversial verdicts such as declaring that a married woman can have consensual sexual relationships with others without her husband’s permission. Additionally, he was among the judges who made the Sabarimala temple verdict, which was perceived by many as hurting Hindu sentiments.
This advocate accuses CJI DY Chandrachud of doing भाषणबाज़ी (demagoguery) inside the courtroom while hearing the Shiv Sena/Maharashtra assembly case. He says the CJI went on and on with a political speech even as Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta pleaded with him to hear the… pic.twitter.com/EpHJwG8IT8
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While the CJI supports the collegium system for the selection of judges, he is staunchly against the government having any role in it. He has also expressed his belief that the supreme court should have the power to interfere in the appointment of the chief election commissioner of the country.
Due to his controversial decisions and opinions, there is growing dissent against the CJI, and many people now refer to him as the worst chief justice India has ever seen. These accusations of demagoguery and anti-governmental behavior only add fuel to the fire of this growing sentiment.
While the CJI has not yet responded to these latest accusations, it is clear that his decisions and beliefs have become increasingly divisive. As the head of India’s judiciary, he has a great responsibility to uphold the law and ensure justice for all, regardless of personal beliefs or political affiliations. The question remains whether he will be able to do so amidst mounting criticism and dissent.