The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has said the judiciary is witnessing an unprecedented rise in instances of 'indecorous' acts, and lamented that graceful discourses and deliberations were increasingly being replaced by 'loud and motivated' conduct in courts.
It was important that these are quickly identified, isolated and put in 'quarantine' by stakeholders to ensure the decorum and dignity of the judiciary was not lost, he said.
The Chief Justice was speaking during the Independence Day celebrations in the Supreme Court’s lawns where he unfurled the national flag in the presence of dignitaries, including the Law Minister, Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, the Attorney General, Mr. K K Venugopal and senior advocates.
Mr.Justice Gogoi said instances of inappropriate behaviour have raised their ugly head in all courts, including the Supreme Court.
'The Indian judiciary has since some time past witnessed an unprecedented rise of instance of indecorous acts... Such instances of inappropriate behaviour have raised their ugly head in all courts including the Supreme Court. Graceful and pleasant discourses and deliberations are increasingly being replaced by loud and motivated conduct,' he said.
He said, ' It was important that stakeholders quickly identify and isolate and put them in quarantine. They must ensure that the decorum and the dignity of this institution is not lost.'
The Chief Justice said reinventing the decades old infrastructure of the apex court would not be a mean task and asked all stakeholders to rise to the constitutional needs and 'overcome parochial overtones and myopic considerations'.
'The Supreme Court administration looks forward to cooperation from all stakeholders in reinventing our decades-old infrastructure to match the demands of the rising number of litigants in the constitutional order and seek justice. Reinventing the infrastructure would not be a mean task and it is expected to test our mental character to be able to move out of our comfort zones and aid our institution.
'I am confident eventually all stakeholders will rise to the constitutional needs and overcome parochial undertones and myopic considerations. Multi-stakeholder institutions like the judiciary do not have any place for parochialism and their growth demands be sensitive and brave,' he said.