Justice Arun Mishra
Justice Arun Mishra

Breaking: “Improper and unnecessary”, Bombay Bar Association on Justice Arun Mishra’s comments lauding PM Modi at Judicial Conference

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The Bombay Bar Association has passed a resolution deprecating the conduct of Supreme Court judge, Justice Arun Mishra in making various remarks lauding Prime Minster Narendra Modi at the recent International Judicial Conference.

A Requisition had been received from Senior Advocate Navroz Seervai and other members of the Bar, in accordance with Rule 10 of the Bombay Bar Association Rules, requisitioning a meeting to consider the draft resolution.

Accordingly, in compliance with the requisition a meeting of the members of the Bombay Bar Association was fixed for today at 2.30 p.m. in the Bar Association premises, Room No.57, where in the Resolution was passed deprecating the conduct of Supreme Court judge, Justice Arun Mishra

The Resolution states,

“This Association deprecates the conduct of a sitting judge of the Supreme Court of India making such obsequious remarks about the head of the Executive, and believes that they are both improper and unnecessary.”
Bombay Bar Association Resolution

During the vote of thanks at the inaugural session of the International Conference, Justice Mishra had lauded Prime Minister Modi remarking, among other things, that he was a versatile genius who thinks globally and acts locally.

The Association states that the controversial remarks were particularly regrettable since they were made an international conference. The resolution goes on to highlight that,

“The Union of India is one of the biggest litigants, if not the biggest, and it is imperative that the Judiciary is and appears to be objective in its approach to the members of the Executive, both within and outside the courtroom. Comments of this nature shakes the confidence of the members of the legal profession and the public at age in the independence and integrity of the Higher Judiciary.”

Bombay Bar Association Resolution

In view of these concerns, the Association has expressed that it is in agreement with the dismay and condemnation expressed by members of the legal community over the issue.

Earlier statements registering objection Justice Mishra’s comments were issued by the Supreme Court Bar Association and the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of India.

On the other hand, Bar Council of India Chairman, Manan Kumar Mishra, came out in support of Justice Mishra, terming SCBA President, Dushyant Dave’s criticism over the same as an “attempt to gain cheap popularity”. Referring to the same, the resolution states,

“The Association condemns and disowns the remarks of the Chairman of the Bar Council of India, Mr. Manan Mishra who defended the remarks of Justice Mishra and deemed the criticism of such remarks as “myopic”, particularly given his position as the Chairman of the regulatory body for the legal profession.”

Bombay Bar Association Resolution

[Read the Resolution]

BBA Resolution.pdf
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