Justice NV Ramanna, the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court, has said that the biggest strength of the judiciary is public confidence. The judges should stand firm to uphold the principles of the judiciary. At the same time, despite the pressures and difficulties, one should be fearless about his decisions.
This remark by Justice Ramanna is significant when Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has written a letter to the Chief Justice of India SA Bobde complaining against him, taking unexpected steps. Justice Ramanna gave this response in a condolence meeting on Saturday after the death of former Supreme Court judge AR Laxmanan. He said that public confidence is the biggest power of the judiciary. Faith. Trust and acceptance do not come from seeking, it has to be earned.
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This is the first statement by Justice Ramanna in a public forum after the controversy that arose from the letter of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. He said, for good life a person should follow many qualities. Things like humility, patience, kindness, a strong work ethic and a zeal to learn continuously enhance life. In particular, the judge is required to stand boldly while facing all the obstacles bravely even in the face of pressure and inequities.