Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has expressed of legal activists making objectionable comments over judges for not passing favourable orders on their petitions, calling it a “disturbing new trend”.
Union Law Minister addressing a function organised to mark the inauguration of a new building of the Patna High Court by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, in presence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, among others.
Union Law Minister said,“We can surely criticise the reasoning of a judgment. But I foresee a new trend which I need to flag today,” Prasad said referring to “grossly unfair” comments on social media against judges by those who file PILs and feel aggrieved when the judgment is not favourable.
“We are supportive of freedom. We are supportive of criticism. We are supportive of dissent, too. But the issue is the misuse and abuse of social media. There should be a grievance redressal mechanism for someone who is abused on the social media,” he added.
Union Law Minister also spoke of the proposed establishment of All India Judicial Services, “a work in progress”, as part of which “the best minds” would be appointed as judges after cracking competitive exams held by the UPSC “under the direction of the Supreme Court”.
Ravi Shankar Prasad also said that the government “wished to give proper reservation to SCs, STs and OBCs”, which would make the judiciary more “inclusive”.