Judges fair in hearing cases? Nonsense, says Justice Sachar



New Delhi: Former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Rajinder Sachar on Saturday said it is "nonsense" if a judge claims to be "fair and true" when a matter comes up for hearing before him.

"We all judges may say that when a matter comes before us for hearing, we all are fair to it, do not hold any prejudices against it and have no personal interest, but let me tell you, it's all nonsense," Justice Sachar said.

He was speaking at the release of biographical book 'A Journey Less Travelled', written by former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court Debi Singh Tewatia.

Sachar also hailed Justice Tewatia as a true jurist and individual.

Discussing about the autobiography, the former Delhi High Court judge said the book included "how a judge should behave and how a person can fight with adverse circumstances and yet not lose his morals".

Former CJI Justice J S Verma released the book saying, "It is very timely and it has been written at a time when all the institutions of governance are getting values. This book is for those who are already in the system and for those who would be coming in this system in future."

He said the judges are in news for all bad reasons.

"I am happy that the present Chief Justice of India is S H Kapadia. Now I have reasons to be comfortable," he said.

"When one of my judgements was reversed by the Supreme Court, I too was upset and had decided to resign. My brother then asked why I am upset, to this I answered him that as a lawyer I can argue that it's a wrong decision but as a judge I have to accept it," Justice Verma said.

He said according to him, an autobiography should be judged by its truth, and it should be objective as well as chronicle to the time.

The author should be identical to what he has written, he said, adding all these things are there in the book.

Justice Tewatia thanked all guests for coming on the book release programme.

Former Governor of Jharkhand Ved Marwah and former Governor of Nagaland O P Sharma also graced the function.

PTI