6 Occasions Justice Chandrachud Upheld Residents’ Rights

Chief Justice of India (CJI) Uday Umesh Lalit wrote to the Central Authorities along with his suggestion as Justice DY Chandrachud to take over as the following CJI. Along with his retirement on 8 November, and pending authorities approval, Justice Chandrachud will take over and function CJI until November 2024.

A choose on the Supreme Court docket since 2016, Justice Chandrachud has been part of a number of landmark verdicts. He’s identified for his progressive judgments, together with the latest one upholding the rights of any girl to hunt abortion as much as 24 weeks. He has additionally been the only dissenting voice in a couple of judgements. 

Son of the longest-serving CJI YV Chandrachud, if appointed, this father-son duo would be the first to have served as Chief Justices on the Supreme Court docket. 

Justice DY Chandrachud
Justice Chandrachud is more likely to be the following Chief Justice of India.

Listed here are among the landmark judgments delivered by Justice Chandrachud:

Abortion rights for ladies

In a petition filed by a 25-year-old single girl searching for an abortion, the bench of Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice AS Bopanna, and Justice JB Pardiwala handed a landmark judgment upholding the rights of reproductive autonomy of an single girl. 

“The rights of reproductive autonomy, dignity, and privateness offers an single girl the correct of alternative as as to if or to not bear a baby on the identical footing as that of a married girl,” stated Justice Chandrachud. 

The judgment additionally recognised marital rape, within the case of such abortions.

Proper to Privateness

In August 2017, a nine-judge bench gave a unanimous verdict guaranteeing the basic proper to privateness. Writing the lead opinion, Justice Chandrachud recognised the correct to privateness and dignity as an intrinsic a part of life.

“Life and private liberty aren’t creations of the Structure. These rights are recognised by the Structure as inhering in every particular person as an intrinsic and inseparable a part of the human factor which dwells inside,” Justice DY Chandrachud stated.

Apparently, this judgement overruled a earlier judgement which held that basic rights could possibly be suspended throughout a time of Emergency. One of many judges who handed that verdict was his father, Justice YV Chandrachud.

In his judgement, Justice DY Chandrachud wrote, “The judgments rendered by all of the 4 judges constituting the bulk in ADM Jabalpur are critically flawed.”

Sabarimala Verdict

A five-judge bench upheld the correct of menstruating girls to go to the temple. Justice D Y Chandrachud held that the debarring of ladies belonging to the age group of 10-50 years by the Sabarimala Temple was opposite to constitutional morality and that it undermined the beliefs of autonomy, liberty, and dignity. He added that such stigmas aren’t constitutionally supported. 

Chief Justice of India (CJI) Uday Umesh Lalit with Justice DY Chandrachud.
Chief Justice of India (CJI) Uday Umesh Lalit with Justice DY Chandrachud.

Hadiya Marriage Case

The decision was delivered by a three-judge bench composed of then CJI Dipak Misra, Justice AM Khanwilkar, and Justice DY Chandrachud. 

Hadiya, who was a Hindu, had transformed to Islam and married Shafin Jahan, a Muslim. Kerala Excessive Court docket had annulled the wedding and ordered Hadiya to be positioned within the custody of her dad and mom.

In a unanimous judgement, the bench dominated towards the Kerala Excessive court docket. Justice Chandrachud wrote in his judgement that the Kerala Excessive Court docket had touched upon an space which is out of bounds for a constitutional court docket.

“The Excessive Court docket was of the view that at twenty-four, Hadiya is weak and weak, able to being exploited in some ways. The Excessive Court docket has overpassed the truth that she is a significant, able to taking her personal choices and is entitled to the correct recognised by the Structure to steer her life precisely as she pleases. Intimacies of marriage, together with the alternatives that people make on whether or not or to not marry and on whom to marry, lie exterior the management of the state. Courts as upholders of constitutional freedoms should safeguard these freedoms. Interference by the State in such issues has a critically chilling impact on the train of freedoms,” the judgement stated.

Decriminalising Part 377

In a historic judgement, a five-judge bench – then CJI Dipak Misra, Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra – decriminalised ‘unnatural intercourse’ between two consenting adults. 

“The selection of a associate, the will for private intimacy and the craving to seek out love and fulfilment in human relationships have a common enchantment, straddling age and time. In defending consensual intimacies, the Structure adopts a easy precept: the state has no enterprise to intrude into these private issues. Nor can societal notions of heteronormativity regulate constitutional liberties primarily based on sexual orientation,” stated Justice Chandrachud in his judgement. 

Bhima Koregaon Case

Justice Chandrachud had dissented from the decision delivered by nearly all of the three-judge bench of then CJI Dipak Misra and Justice AM Khanwilkar. The bench had rejected the plea by Romila Thapar and different activists searching for a Particular Investigation Crew to probe the arrests made within the Bhima Koregaon violence case.

He known as the police conduct ‘disconcerting and unfair’ and stated that technicalities can’t be allowed to override justice.

“Dissent is a logo of a vibrant democracy. Voices in opposition can’t be muzzled by persecuting those that take up unpopular causes,” wrote Justice Chandrachud in his minority opinion.

Edited by Yoshita Rao


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