'New trend of govt maligning judges unfortunate': Chief Justice NV Ramana
New Delhi/IBNS: Chief Justice of India NV Ramana on Friday termed the new trend of "government maligning judges", in case judgments are not in their favour, as unfortunate.
The Chief Justice made the observations while hearing two separate appeals in the Supreme Court filed by the Chhattisgarh government and an activist respectively challenging the high court's decision to quash an FIR registered against a former IAS officer for allegedly amassing wealth from unknown sources of income.
Besides Ramana, the bench also comprised justices Krishna Murari and Hima Kohli.
"Whatever fight you may take, that is alright. But do not try to malign the courts. I am watching in this court also, it is a new trend," the Chief Justice observed.
Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, who was appearing for the state government in one of the two appeals, said that he was not pressing "that point at all".
"Earlier only private parties used to do this against the judges. Now we see this every day...You are a senior counsel, you have seen this more than us. It is a new trend. The government has started maligning judges. It is unfortunate," the Chief Justice added.
The bench adjourned the hearing to April 18 after its remarks on the government.