Chief Justice of India NV Ramana (CJI NV Ramana) on 23 July said that many media institutions in the country are running kangaroo courts on issues on which even judges have to face difficulties in deciding on them.
He said that in this way the democracy of the country is being weakened.
The CJI was speaking at an event organized at the National University of Study and Research in Ranchi, the capital of Jharkhand. Kangaroo Court means a place where, without following the legal process, any kind of decision is given on any issue of its own free will. The CJI said,
“Misinformation and agenda-driven debates on issues involving the role of the judiciary are harming democracy.
The kind of biased views being served by the media are affecting the people, weakening democracy and harming the system. In this process, there is a bad effect on the system of giving justice.
The CJI further said that the media is pushing back democracy by running away from its responsibilities and violating it. They said,
“There is still some accountability in the print media. At the same time, there is no accountability left in the electronic media.
The condition of social media is even worse.”
CJI NV Ramana advised the media for self regulation.
He said that the media should use words weighing in and should not go beyond its limits and create such situations that either the government or the judiciary need to intervene.
He said that even though the judge may not give any answer immediately, but it should not be mistaken for their weakness or helplessness.
During the program organized in Ranchi, CJI NV Ramana also spoke on the issue of increased physical attacks on judges. He said that physical attacks on judges are increasing.
Earlier last week also Chief Justice of India NV Ramana had expressed concern about democracy. He had said that the space of the opposition is shrinking and this is not good for democracy.
He had also said that earlier there was respect between the ruling party and the opposition, today political opposition has turned into enmity.