Bengaluru: In a riveting observation, Supreme Court lawyer Harish Salve has hit out at those who criticise judges by ascribing motives to their judgement. 

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He also added that the unelected can’t use the top court as a weapon to impose their will on the government.  

He was speaking at a webinar on the issue of ‘Insulting Judiciary from social media Diatribes’. 

There he said, “To say judgement is to favour a political party or judge has acted in favour of political party is wrong. Supreme Court is not a dartboard. You can criticize a judgment saying the judge has taken a conservative line.”

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On the issue of the top court handling the migrant issue, he said, “When they do not get relief from Supreme Court, they say judges are not doing this because of this reason… Some people are pushing the boundaries by saying the Supreme Court deserves ‘F’ grade for its handling of migrants. I have been reading these articles. They are wrong.”

This is what he had to say on those who try to impose their will on the top court. 


He said, “A lot of people who are not elected feel that they can impose their will on the government through courts. One can criticize that court saying that (in migrants’ case) either the court should have intervened or not… but to say that the court is scared of the government is wrong. If I argue a case and I lose, I should think that I tried my best but I lost. But if I get a feeling that the judge did not give judgment in my favor because of … what newspapers might write, then I am worried.”