PM Modi attacks Congress over lawyers' letter to CJI: ‘To browbeat, bully others…’

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PM Modi attacks Congress over lawyers' letter to CJI: ‘To browbeat, bully others…’

Following a letter from a hundred lawyers to Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, in which they claimed that a "vested interest group" was attempting to smear courts and exert pressure on the judiciary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed the Congress party on Thursday.

Prime Minister Modi claimed on X (previously Twitter) that browbeating and intimidating people is “vintage Congress behaviour” in response to letters the CJI received from prominent attorneys including Harish Salve, Manan Kumar Mishra, and Chetan Mittal detailing attempts to compromise the judiciary's independence.

"To browbeat and bully others is vintage Congress culture," stated the prime minister. They had already called for a "committed judiciary" five decades prior; they openly seek commitment from others for their own self-interest but refrain from making any commitments to the country.

He said, "It's understandable why 140 crore Indians are rejecting them," tagging a post on X that included the letter attorneys wrote to the top justice on Thursday.

"Judiciary Under Threat - Safeguarding Judiciary From Political and Professional Pressure" is the title of the letter that the attorneys wrote. The letter emphasized the pressure that a "vested interest group" is attempting to exert on the Indian judiciary.

Why did top lawyers write a letter to CJI?

In a letter to Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud, over 600 lawyers—among them prominent advocate Harish Salve and chair of the Bar Council Manan Kumar Mishra—claimed that a "vested interest group" was attempting to undermine the judiciary and discredit courts, particularly in instances of political corruption.

The lawyers from all over the nation stated in the latter document, dated March 26, that these strategies are detrimental to our courts and jeopardize the foundation of democracy.

In their letter, the attorneys stated that the apex court should maintain its strength and that CJI Chandrachud's leadership is essential in these "tough times." They remarked that now is not the time to keep your mouth shut.

The letter, which was leaked by government sources, accused some attorneys of defending politicians during the day and using the media at night to sway judges. The attorneys were not named in the letter.