‘Very unfortunate’: CJI NV Ramana on media reports about Supreme Court judges’ appointments

NEW DELHI: Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana on Wednesday expressed his displeasure over speculative media reports about the SC collegium meeting regarding the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court.

The CJI termed the reports as “very unfortunate.” Ramana said the process of judges’ appointment is “sacrosanct and has dignity attached to it”.

“Media must understand and recognise its sanctity,” the CJI added.  Remarks from the CJI came as multiple media reported that the Collegium led by Chief Justice of India  has reportedly recommended names of nine judges, including three women, for elevation to the top court.

CJI Ramana made these remarks while speaking in the ceremonial function to bid farewell to Justice Navin Sinha who is retiring.

“On this occasion, I want to take the liberty to express my concern about certain speculations and reports in the media. 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,” he said.

The CJI said that as an institution, the apex court holds the freedom of media  and the rights of individuals in high esteem, and 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 said.

The CJI also lauded the tremendous amount of maturity and responsibility displayed by the majority of 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,” he said.

The head of the judiciary was referring to media reports which said the Collegium, headed by the CJI , is understood to have recommended nine names for appointment as judges in the top court.