Chief Justice of India(CJI) N. V. Ramana on Wednesday expressed his anguish and concerns over certain speculations and reports in the media regarding the Collegium recommendations for the appointment of Supreme Court judges, even before the selection process was finalised. Justice Ramana expressed his concern regarding the matter during the farewell meet of Justice Navin Sinha, on his superannuation in the ceremonial bench, which also comprised of Justices Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose.
Justice N.V. Ramana said, “You are all aware we need to appoint judges to this court. The process is ongoing. Meetings will be held and decisions will be taken. The process of appointment of judges is sacrosanct and has certain dignity attached to it. My media friends must understand and recognise the sanctity of this process.
“As an Institution, we hold the freedom of media and the rights of individuals in high esteem. Today’s reflections in some sections of the media, pending the process, even before formalising the resolution is counter-productive. There were instances of deserving career progression of bright talents getting marred because of such irresponsible reporting and speculation. This is very unfortunate and I am extremely upset about it,” he added. The CJI further said, “I must also place on record tremendous amount of maturity and responsibility displayed by majority of the senior journalists and media houses in showing restraint and not speculating on such a serious matter. Such professional journalists and ethical media are the real strength of the Supreme Court in particular and democracy in general. You are part of our system. I expect all the stakeholders to uphold the integrity and dignity of this institution.
The CJI expressed his anger towards the news that has been published in the media regarding the Appointments of Judges to the Supreme Court, which was passed and recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium. As per reports, the Apex Court of India's Collegium cleared nine names for appointment to Supreme Court, including three women judges. During the e-farewell, Justice Ramana said, “Brother Sinha’s knowledge and wisdom are writ large in all his judgments. However, the qualities I most admire in him are his humility and simplicity. He never makes anyone feel less or unworthy. These attributes were clear in the way Brother Sinha always conducted his Court. He was always well prepared for Court and knew the contents of every file. Yet, he gave people a patient hearing, be they juniors or seniors. For young advocates, I am sure arguing before Brother Sinha must have been a wonderful experience. “Brother Sinha is known by the Bar and Bench for his straightforward and candid approach. He will always be remembered as a fair Judge- one who talks less, but is very insightful. Personally, I am left feeling quite saddened by his retirement. We are losing an important voice and a valued colleague,” he added.
He also thanked senior journalists for not publishing speculative reports. "I am grateful that senior journalists have not speculated such a process. Such journalists are the strength of our democracy. I am deeply disappointed," he said. The remarks were made by the CJI while sitting on a ceremonial Bench along with Justice Navin Sinha who is retiring as Supreme Court judge today. Various news outlets had reported today that the Collegium had recommended 9 names for elevation to Supreme Court. Bar And Bench that while Collegium had recommended nine names, the minutes of the meeting of the Collegium were yet to be signed by the Collegium judges