New Delhi, Aug 15 : In a recollection of the Covid incident that occurred as he took his oath, Chief justice of India (CJI) N.V.Ramana on Monday stated that the judges, lawyers, and and other officers of the registry were afraid to touch the documents and his family members could be present at the Ceremony of swearing-in.The Chief Justice noted that in the last 16 months, the most powerful court could be physically assembled for just 55 days.The Chief Justice spoke at the anniversary celebration marking the 76th year of India’s Independence organized by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).The event was attended by the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, SCBA president Vikas Singh, Supreme Court judges and the members of the Bar.Justice Ramana said: “I remember the moment I was appointed as the Chief Justice, and the once in century pandemic almost destroyed us.My family members were the only ones who could be present at the swearing in Ceremony, and there was fear all over the place.Many loved relatives of everyone of us were killed.”
Chief Justice Ramana will demit office on August 26, following in which Justice U.U.Lalit will assume the office.On the 10th of August, Justice Lalit was appointed as the 49th Chief Justice of India with President Droupadi Murmu signing his warrant of appointment.Justice Ramana took over as the CJI on April 24, following the resignation of CJI S.A.Bobde on April 23.
Justice Ramana added that lawyers and judges, as well as staff members of the registry were afraid to handle the documents and the court was left with the backlog of almost an entire year due to the fault of Covid and lockdowns.”In the past 16 months, we were able to physically gather for just 55 days.I would like to see the situation different and we were more productive.It is normal and normal to expect high standards from people, but unfortunately nature’s forces of nature were against us.I would like to believe that in the coming days that the situation will be normal , and the courts will operate to their full potential”, he said.
The Chief Justice said that, when Covid was removing our dear and beloved ones our entire system was working tirelessly to ensure justice, and both judges and lawyers have worked tirelessly both offline and online.
“Under the direction of the computer committee our video conference system continues to grow.Brothers Justice Chandrachud and Justice Khanwilkar provided the necessary direction to the teama.
Under the competent direction of the office bearers and president the SCBA was able to solve a number of long-standing issues.In spite of in the most difficult times the SCBA has provided its assistance to the most in need.
The SCBA is regarded for being one of the most active associations in the nation”, he said.