Judging ‘under stress’ in digital era: SC judge
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