Judg­ing ‘un­der stress’ in dig­i­tal era: SC judge

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION -

New Delhi: Judg­ing is “un­der stress” in the dig­i­tal era, Supreme Court judge A K Sikri said on Sun­day, lament­ing that even be­fore a case is taken up by the court, peo­ple start dis­cussing on so­cial me­dia what the out­come “should be”, which has an in­flu­ence on the judges.

Talk­ing on “Free­dom of press in the dig­i­tal age” at the first Law As­so­ci­a­tion For Asia and the Pa­cific (LAWASIA) con­fer­ence, Jus­tice Sikri said the free­dom of press is chang­ing the par­a­digm of civil and hu­man rights and the cur­rent pat­tern of me­dia tri­als is an ex­am­ple of it.

“When an is­sue is raised, a pe­ti­tion is filed, (and) even be­fore it is taken up by the court, peo­ple start dis­cussing what should be the out­come. Not what ‘is’ the out­come, (but) what ‘should be’ the out­come. And it has an in­flu­ence on how a judge de­cides a case,” he said. “It is not so much in the SC be­cause by the time they (judges) come to the apex court they know how the case is to be de­cided,” he said. Meerut/Harid­war: With six more deaths in UP and three in Harid­war, the death toll in the hooch tragedy rose to 116 on Sun­day. Be­sides, an­other 16 — four in UP and 12 in Ut­tarak­hand — are crit­i­cal. The toll in UP’s Sa­ha­ran­pur has now touched 70, while Ut­tarak­hand has counted 36 dead so far. Kushi­na­gar in east­ern UP has seen 10 deaths so far.

Mean­while, as the SP and BSP blamed the rul­ing BJP in both the states for the deaths, UP CM Yogi Adityanath said he smelt “a con­spir­acy” in which the SP may be in­volved. Adityanath warned of stern ac­tion against all those found in­volved in il­licit liquor trade even if they were as­so­ci­ated with any political party.

“In the past too, such type of mis­chievous acts by SP lead­ers had come to fore. In Aza­m­garh, Har­doi, Kan­pur and Bara­banki, SP lead­ers were found to be in­volved in past hooch tragedies. We can’t deny con­spir­acy this time too,” Yogi said on Satur­day night.

Akhilesh Ya­dav has slammed the Yogi gov­ern­ment while BSP chief Mayawati de­manded

Even be­fore a court takes up a pe­ti­tion, peo­ple start dis­cussing what ‘should be’ the out­come, SC judge A K Sikri said on Sun­day

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