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President: Exercise discretion in courtrooms

New Delhi, November 27

President Ram Nath Kovind asked judges to exercise “utmost discretion” in their courtroom utterances, saying, “Indiscreet remarks, even if made with good intention, can potentially be used against the judiciary.”

Kovind said, “The Indian judiciary has been adhering to highest standards and there is no doubt that judges have set a high bar for themselves. Hence, it is also incumbent upon the judges to exercise utmost discretion in their utterances in the courtrooms.”

Underling that judges in India were seen as a model of rectitude, he said, “We have a rich history of legions of such judges known for their utterances full of sagacity and conduct beyond reproach, which have become hallmarks for the future generations.”

He suggested creation of an all-India judicial service for selection of judges. On increasing attacks on judges, the President said he was pained to note that of late some disparaging remarks had been made against the judiciary on social media. — TNS

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