What did CJI Chandrachud say on the criticism on Article 370 decision?

New Delhi: Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud on Monday refused to fan the controversy further over the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution that gave special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, with the judges speaking in strong words. Said to decide a case “in accordance with the Constitution and law”.

In an exclusive interview with New Agency, the CJI also opened up about the five-judge Constitution bench’s verdict refusing to legalize gay marriage and said the outcome of a case is never personal for a judge. Is.

However, the 50th Chief Justice of India acknowledged the “long and arduous battle” fought by same-sex couples to achieve their rights.
On October 17, a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court refused to legalize gay marriage, but recognized equal rights and protections for gay people.

“Once you decide a case you distance yourself from the outcome. As a judge the outcome is never personal for us. I never have any regrets. Yes, I have many I have been in the majority in a number of cases and in the minority in many cases. But the important part of a judge’s life is to never associate myself with an issue. After deciding a case, I leave it there,” he said. They said.

On the Supreme Court’s decision on Article 370 and its criticism, he said, judges speak their mind through their judgments which become public property after the judgment and in a free society people can always form their opinion about it. .

He said, “As far as we are concerned, we take decisions as per the Constitution and law. I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to respond to criticism or defend my decision. What we have said in our judgment is reflected in the reasons present in the signed judgment and let me leave it there,” the CJI said.