Justice who reprimanded Nupur Sharma said - Court's criticism is acceptable, but not personal attacks on judges

Pankaj Prasad
Judge Justice JB Pardiwala
Judge Justice JB Pardiwala

Justice Pardiwala said that personal attacks on judges for their decisions lead to a dangerous scenario where judges have to think about what the law really thinks.

Criticism of the court is acceptable, but personal attacks on judges should not be made. That's not a good thing. Judge Justice JB Pardiwala, who commented on Nupur Sharma, said these things while addressing a program organized by the CAN Foundation in the memory of former Justice HR Khanna. In fact, Justice Pardiwala is being criticized on social media since the remarks on Nupur Sharma. To this, Justice Pardiwala responded to the critics.


Personal attacks on judges not right: Justice Pardiwala

Justice Pardiwala said that personal attacks on judges for their decisions lead to a dangerous scenario where judges have to think about what the law actually thinks, rather than what the media thinks. He said that the rule of law is the most distinctive feature of Indian democracy, public opinion should be subject to the rule of law. Pardiwala said that we are the custodians of rights and have to tell people the things which they do not like. Judicial decisions cannot be a reflection of the effect of public opinion.

curb on social media

Justice Pardiwala further observed that social media is often used to politicize purely legal and constitutional issues. He said that social media should be reined in on sensitive issues. Parliament also needs to consider this.

Court reprimanded Nupur Sharma

Significantly, after the controversial remarks, cases have been registered against the suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma in many parts of the country. Nupur Sharma had reached the Supreme Court demanding transfer of the FIR to Delhi. The hearing of which was held in the court of Justice JB Paldiwala. During the hearing, the court reprimanded and said that Nupur Sharma is responsible for the murder in Udaipur. He should apologize to the countrymen by coming on television.