Attempts are being made to undermine the judiciary through calculated pressure

Letter of 21 retired judges to the Chief Justice of India

New Delhi – Twenty-one retired judges from across the country have penned a letter addressed to Chief Justice Dhananjay Chandrachud. In their letter, the retired judges pressed on the escalating attempts by “certain factions to undermine the judiciary through calculated pressure”. Four of these distinguished jurists hail from the Supreme Court, with the remaining seventeen representing Chief Justices or other retired judges of the High Coursuprets of the States.

Points underscored in the letter by retired judges

1. Certain factions are trying to undermine the judiciary through calculated pressure, misinformation, and public disparagement. These critics motivated by narrow political interests and personal gains, are striving to erode the public’s confidence in our judicial system.

2. We are guardians of the law; our integrity is being questioned. Some critics are resorting to insidious methods to sway judicial processes by casting aspersions on the integrity of Courts and judges.

3. Such actions disrespect the sanctity of our judiciary and pose a direct challenge to the principles of fairness and impartiality that judges, as guardians of the law, have sworn to uphold. We are concerned that the public should not lose faith in the judiciary.

4. We are particularly concerned about the tactics of misinformation and the orchestration of public sentiment against the judiciary, which are not only unethical but also detrimental to the foundational principles of our democracy.