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Best judge is one who is less known and seen in the media: CJI NV Ramana quotes Lord Denning

Speaking at the virtual launch of Anomalies in Law and Justice, a book authored by Justice Raveendran, CJI Ramana read out a congratulatory letter the former judge had written to him when he was appointed to the high office.

Best judge is one who is less known and seen in the media: CJI NV Ramana quotes Lord Denning-dnm
New Delhi, First Published Jun 27, 2021, 11:59 AM IST
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Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said Saturday that “the best judge is one who is less known and seen in the media”.

He recalled these words of Lord Alfred Denning, the celebrated English judge, while referring to Justice R V Raveendran, former Supreme Court judge, and calling him “one of the legends who have increased the prestige of the Supreme Court of India”.

While introducing Justice RV Raveendran in his address the CJI touched upon his qualities and attributes as a judge.

"He never tried, or made an attempt, to project himself as the saviour of the judicial process. He continued to be humble and believed that the office which he held did not exist for himself. He discharged his duties with distinction and commitment to the people."

In his speech, the CJI Ramana said that he felt a sense of privilege on being a part of the book release. He referred to Justice Raveendran as a guide and inspiration.

"He is an amalgam of unwavering commitment to rule of law, strong believer in the independence of judiciary, having a deep sense of morality and scholarship par excellence. His tireless work towards reforming our judiciary has been critical in shaping our jurisprudence," the CJI said while reflecting on Justice Raveendran's career was quoted by Bar and Bench.

CJI Ramana also addressed the impact made by Justice Raveendran's judgments.

"I have always been a great admirer of his judgments which are of simple language, intelligible and clear to the common man. Through his judgments, he has set a standard of excellence which demonstrates that law can be a force in society."

The event was also attended by former Chief Justices of India, Justices MN Venkatachaliah and RC Lahoti and former Supreme Court judge, Justice BN Srikrishna besides Justice Raveendran.

All the panellists agreed that increasing the age of retirement of High Court judges would add to ensuring independence of the judiciary by disincentivizing judges from taking post-retirement jobs.

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