While speaking at a condolence meeting for former Supreme Court Justice A R Lakshmanan who died on August 27, the seniormost top court Justice NV Ramana stated that it is an important quality for a judge to withstand all pressures and odds and to stand up bravely against all obstacles and that a vibrant and independent judiciary is required in the current times.
“There are innumerable qualities that a person needs to live what can be called a good life: humility, patience, kindness, a strong work ethic and the enthusiasm to constantly learn and improve oneself,” said Justice N V Ramana during the meeting.
He further added, “Most importantly, particularly for a judge, one must be steadfast in holding on to principles and be fearless in decisions. It is an important quality for a judge to withstand all pressures and odds and to stand up bravely against all obstacles.”
Justice Ramana also said that the greatest strength of the judiciary is the faith of the people in it and that “faith, confidence and acceptability cannot be commanded, they have to be earned”.
The comments were made in the backdrop of letter written to CJI S A Bobde by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy in which he raised the allegations of impropriety against him. He alleged that Justice NV Ramana has been influencing the sittings of the Andhra Pradesh High Court including the roster of few Honourable Judges.
Kallam, Reddy’s Principal Advisor, made the letter by Jagan Mohan Reddy public in which he also raised questions on some of the land transactions alleging his family to be involved.
The letter came after a day when a disproportionate assets case against Jagan Mohan Reddy was resumed in a CBI Special Court following the petition seeking fast-tracking of pending criminal cases against former and sitting lawmakers.
During the condolence ceremony of Justice A R Lakshmanan on Saturday, Justice R V Ramana made the references to contemporary significance of Lord Rama and said, “So people worship Rama not because of the success in his life, but for the gracefulness with which he conducted the most difficult moments. That is what is valued; that is the highest value in one’s life.”
“It is not the question of how much you have, what you did, what happened or what did not happen. Whatever happened, how did you conduct yourself? That is what determines the quality of who you are. Our values are ultimately our greatest wealth, and we must never forget the same. Justice Lakshmanan wore his values on his sleeve, and I learnt immensely from him, about being a good person and a judge,” said justice Ramana.