Lib­erty can­not be bartered: Ex- CJI

The Asian Age - - Nation -

New Delhi, Dec. 8: For­mer chief jus­tice of In­dia Di­pak Misra on Satur­day said lib­erty is a “per­ma­nent value” which can­not be “bartered” and any di­lu­tion of civil lib­er­ties will lead to dis­or­der and an­ar­chy.

“Life with­out lib­erty is mean­ing­less... Life and lib­erty must wel­come dis­sent, dis­cord, dis­agree­ment. With­out them life is a rose with­out fra­grance,” Jus­tice Misra, who had presided over benches which de­liv­ered key ver­dicts re­lated to fun­da­men­tal rights like lib­erty, sex­ual au­ton­omy and dig­nity, said at the Ja­gran Fo­rum or­gan­ised here on the 75th an­niver­sary of the Dainik Ja­gran.

Quot­ing for­mer US pres­i­dent Thomas Jef­fer­son, Jus­tice Misra said, “When the govern­ment fears the peo­ple, there is lib­erty. When the peo­ple fear the govern­ment, it is tyranny.”

The for­mer CJI re­ferred to re­cent judg­ments by Con­sti­tu­tion benches of the apex court on is­sues like de­crim­i­nal­is­ing con­sen­sual gay sex and al­low­ing women of all age groups into Ker­ala’s Sabari­mala tem­ple.

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