Senior SC judges hail CJI Gogoi for Ayodhya verdict

Prime News, National (New Delhi), November 10:- Senior Supreme Court judges on Sunday hailed the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi for his handling of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit and delivering the judgment on the fractious issue. CJI is set to retire on November 17.

At a book launch event here, Chief Justice-Designate S A Bobde said Justice Gogoi’s “grit, mettle and character” are so strong that it is difficult to get anything wrong passed.

The apex in a unanimous verdict on Saturday cleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at the disputed site at Ayodhya and directed the Centre to allot a 5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

Justice Gogoi, however, declined to comment on the verdict at the programme on Sunday. “I do not wish to get into any contentious issue. This is not the occasion,” he said.

“I consider myself to be privileged to have worked with Justice Gogoi, whose grit, mettle and character are so strong that it is difficult to get anything wrong passed,” Justice Bobde said.

Justice Gogoi’s sense of justice by taking along everybody is so strong that he does not do anything unless all concerned give consent, he added. “Democracy is designed for the welfare of all citizens and an independent judiciary is one of the instruments to be used for that purpose.

“Today, we gather to acknowledge and celebrate the legacy and achievement of that instrument,” Justice Bobde said during the release of the Assamese version of the ‘Courts of India: Past to Present’, published by the Supreme Court.

Another senior judge, Justice Arun Mishra, said Justice Gogoi decided the “most important indecision” that the country was facing. “He has achieved impossible with the 1,000-page judgement within two-three weeks.

This is rather the most impossible task achieved by his regime. He shows not the determination to decide that case, but what the Supreme Court has the capability of doing and what it can achieve. You made a name in history,” he said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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