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SC disapproves statement that many judges are pro-govt

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The Supreme Court has disapproved the alleged statement of former Supreme Court Bar Association President and Senior advocate Dushyant Dave that many of its judges are ‘pro-government’. The Court asserted that the top court also takes the government to task.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra was anguished over Dave’s statement given to a news channel. It also expressed concern over the growing trend of posting uncharitable comments, trolls and aggressive reactions on social media platforms on every issue, including the judges and judicial proceedings.

The Apex Court also agreed to the suggestions mooted by senior advocates Fali S Nariman and Harish Salve that such incidents on social media needed to be regulated. The concern of the bench found strong support from the two eminent lawyers, who are assisting the apex court in a matter relating to the comment made by former UP Minister Azam Khan in a highway gangrape case.

The bench also made observation on the Rohingya matter and said that it was projected as if an order has been delivered and it became a subject matter of debate. It also said that there was misuse of social media platforms and people disseminated wrong information even about the court proceedings.

The bench said, earlier the right to privacy could have been infringed by the State only but now such things emanate from private parties also. Meanwhile, the Top Court yesterday referred to a Constitution Bench questions like whether a public functionary or a minister can claim freedom of speech while airing views in a sensitive matter which is under investigation.

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