Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, who made a vow as the 47th Chief Justice of India a month ago, on Saturday said that justice should not be misconstrued as retribution. His announcement came a day after each of the four accused in the assault and murder for a young Hyderabad veterinarian were shot dead in a pre-dawn encounter.
“Justice should not be revenge. I believe Justice loses its character as Justice if it becomes revenge,” he said.
Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde Says, “Justice should not be revenge” After the Encounter
He said recent events in the nation had started off an old debate with new power, where there was no uncertainty that the criminal justice system must re-examine its position and demeanor towards the time it took to discard a criminal issue.
“Justice is never ought to be instant. Justice must never ever take the form of revenge. I believe justice loses its character when it becomes revenge. There is a need in the judiciary to invoke self-correcting measures but whether or not they should be publicised is a matter of debate,” he said.
“We have to devise methods for not only speeding up litigation but all together preventing it. There are laws which provide for pre-litigation mediation,” he said, adding that there was a need to consider compulsory pre-litigation mediation.
Describing last year’s press conference by four senior most judges of the apex court as a self-corrective measure, Bobde said,”I believe the institution (judiciary) must correct itself and indeed it did during the time when the much-criticised press conference was held. It was nothing more than a self-corrective measure and I do not wish to justify it.”
Cyberabad police on Friday said the accused, lorry workers aged between 20 and 26, were killed during a trade of fire that occurred between 5.45 am and 6.15 am the point at which they were taken by a 10-member group to the scene of the crime at Chattanpalli, 50 km close to Hyderabad, from an undisclosed area for a remaking of occasions as a major aspect of the investigation.
Prime charged Mohammed Arif (26), Chennakeshavulu, Jollu Shiva and Jollu Navin(all 20 years) were not handcuffed at the hour of the episode, police said.
Cyberabad Police Commissioner CV Sajjanar advised columnists his men turned to “retaliatory” firing after two of the blamed opened shoot at the police staff in the wake of grabbing weapons from them and attempted to escape.
He said Arif was the first to start fire followed by Chennakeshavulu, even as the police group was assaulted with stones and sticks. The police returned fire after beginning “restraint” and asking that the accused give up, he said. The grabbed weapons were in the “unlocked” position, he included.