CJI Bobde was frank enough to admit there was not much progress on having more women judges in the apex court during his tenure.
NAGPUR: Chief Justice of India Sharad Bobde, who demitted office on Friday after a 17-month tenure, said in an exclusive interview to TOI on Friday that freedom of speech was the most abused right at present. He did not elaborate. He also said that like any other judicial instrument, public interest litigation was open to misuse.
CJI Bobde was frank enough to admit there was not much progress on having more women judges in the apex court during his tenure. He underlined the need for a better gender balance but stopped short of calling for incentives in the appointment process for the same.
He saw online hearing of cases as a positive that improved access to the courts for everybody. “I think the advantages far outweigh the drawbacks. A litigant from any part of the country can be heard through an online proceeding…,” he said.