Our responsibility as a court is to protect the freedom found in the Constitution: CJI
Chief Justice (CJI) SA Bobde has said that our responsibility as a court is to protect the spirit described in the Constitution.
He said, our highest responsibility is to protect the freedom given to the citizens in this document (constitution) handed over by the ancestors from the encroachment of the states in the name of law and order. He said, respecting the judiciary as an institution is an honor for maintaining the rule of law.
In a virtual event organized by the Supreme Court Bar Council on Constitution Day, the CJI said, there is nothing more important than freedom of expression. The framers of the Constitution have kept a flexible balance between this freedom and the circumstances in which states can deny it. The responsibility of the judiciary is to balance the interests of the state and the people with the freedom given by the constitution. Our elders have always been talking about this balance. The old saying that your freedom ends where the other's nose starts. He said restrictions on freedom of speech are in the interest of individuals and institutions.
The basic form of the constitution has to be retained
CJI Bobde said, "It is the hypothesis of the framers of the constitution that if the existence is to be prolonged, then the original form of the constitution will have to be retained as per the judgment in the Kesavananda Bharati case."
He said, it is not only necessary that the constitution is saved but more important than that, the constitution should continue to work with its core spirit, characteristics. The job of the judiciary is to balance the interests of the state and the freedom given by the constitution to the people.
Court continued to work even during the Coronasal
Referring to the achievements of the apex court, the CJI said, "The Supreme Court did not stop working for a single day in the difficult situation of the coronary."
It is also notable that during this period, a large number of cases came up which were related to fundamental rights and weaker sections. The economic impact of the reduced cases in the courts during the coronary period also affected the members of the bar. Some members of the bar in Odisha and Mumbai had to do the same thing as selling vegetables for a living.