Senior SC judges hail CJI Gogoi for Ayodhya verdict

Senior SC judges hail CJI Gogoi for Ayodhya verdict (Eds: Recasting overnight story) Guwahati, Nov 11 (PTI) Senior Supreme Court judgeshave heaped praise on Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi for hishandling of the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit anddelivering the judgment on the fractious issue.

At a book launch event here on Sunday, Chief Justice-Designate S A Bobde said Justice Gogoi's 'grit, mettle andcharacter' are so strong that it is difficult to get anythingwrong passed.

Justice Gogoi, however, declined to comment on theverdict at the programme. 'I do not wish to get intoany contentious issue. This is not the occasion,' he said.

The apex court in a unanimous verdict on Saturdaycleared the way for the construction of a Ram Temple at thedisputed site at Ayodhya, and directed the Centre to allot a5-acre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board for building a mosque.

'I consider myself to be privileged to have workedwith Justice Gogoi, whose grit, mettle and character are sostrong that it is difficult to get anything wrong passed,'Justice Bobde said.

Justice Gogoi's sense of justice by taking alongeverybody is so strong that he does not do anything unless allconcerned give consent, he added.

'Democracy is designed for welfare of all citizens andan independent judiciary is one of the instruments to be usedfor that purpose.

'Today, we gather to acknowledge and celebrate thelegacy and achievement of that instrument,' Justice Bobde saidduring release of the Assamese version of the 'Courts ofIndia: Past to Present', published by the Supreme Court.

Another senior judge, Justice Arun Mishra, saidJustice Gogoi decided the 'most important indecision' that thecountry was facing.

'He has achieved impossible with the 1,000-pagejudgement within two-three weeks. This is rather the mostimpossible task achieved by his regime. He shows notdetermination to decide that case, but what the Supreme Courthas capability of doing and what it can achieve. You made aname in history,' he said.

The judiciary is going through a critical phase, wherepeople want to control everything but Justice Gogoi hasprovided the insulation, courage and quality through hisdecisions, Justice Mishra said.

'I see when Justice Gogoi is retiring in few days, heis demiting the office in most difficult times. JusticeBobde's task to take over is not easy,' the fourth senior-mostjudge of the apex court said.

Justice Gogoi is due to retire on November 17.

'Justice Gogoi has made this country indebted with hisdecisions and will be remembered for his courage anddetermination in delivering the verdicts,' Justice Mishrasaid.

Justice Shripathi Ravindra Bhat said, 'Yesterday, wesaw one history, which I am sure when all the dust hassettled, will remain indelible in Indian judicial history thatthe courts spoke in one word.' It was a turning point in the history that the courtstood because when the courts speaks, it speaks for theConstitution, he said.

'It has never happened. It has happened but once inthe past in the US. That was a very defining moment when didaway with separate but equal. That was the unanimous verdictlike yesterday,' Justice Bhat added. PTI TR RBTMM MM