Kottayam: Court judgements could be subjected
to constructive criticism, but any "unfair criticism" of
judges would undermine democracy and the rule of law, Supreme
Court Judge Cyriac Joseph has said.
Hitting out at street campaigns against the judiciary, he
said those unleashing such "unfair criticism" were
demonstrating their "ignorance" of Constitutional provisions
and "lack of culture".
"Judges who passed judgements that one does not agree with
cannot be subjected to unfair criticism, abuse and ridicule,"
he said delivering Justice K K Mathew Commemorative Lecture
series on the `Role of Judiciary in Democratic India`
organised by the Kottayam Bar Association here on Saturday.
His comments come in the backdrop of ruling CPI-M state
committee member M V Jayarajan making alleged unsavoury
remarks against judges over a recent Kerala High Court order
banning roadside public meetings. The court is hearing a
petition by an NGO seeking contempt of court proceedings
Justice Joseph said judgements were not above criticism
but unfair criticism of the judiciary would undermine
democracy and the rule of law in the country and independent
judiciary was the hallmark of Indian democracy.