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SC judge skips PM's dinner

SC judge skips PMs dinner
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New Delhi:Supreme Court judge, Justice Kurian Joseph, has shot off a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi declining to attend a dinner the latter hosted for judges on the occasion of chief justices� conference, which coincided with Good Friday and Easter. Expressing his inability to attend the event, the judge, who had earlier opposed Chief Justice H L Dattu for holding the conference on Good Friday, pointed out to the prime minister that no important programmes were held during sacred and auspicious days of Diwali, Dussehra, Holi, Eid, and Bakrid. Justice Dattu, however, refused to respond to the objection raised by his colleague Justice Joseph. �I have no comments about Justice Joseph�s remarks. I am definitely attending the dinner tonight (Saturday). Why should I not,� Justice Dattu said on Saturday after a programme organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association here. In his April 1 letter to the prime minister, Justice Joseph thanked the prime minister for the invitation for dinner organised at his residence. He, however, raised a few concerns for consideration. �Irrespective of the religion, Diwali, Holi, Dussehra, Eid, Bakrid, Christmas and Easter are great days of festival celebrations in the neighbourhood. Your good self would kindly appreciate that no important programmes are held during sacred and auspicious days,� he said. �I know it is too late to reschedule the events. But being the guardian of Indian secularism, I request your honour to kindly have in mind these concerns also while scheduling events and benevolently show equal importance and respect to the sacred days of all religions which are also declared as national holidays. I have shared these concerns with the Hon�ble Chief Justice of India as well,� Justice Joseph said in his letter. On objection raised by another judge, Justice Vikramjit Sen, Justice Dattu said there was no communication from his office in this regard.

Updated : 5 April 2015 6:42 AM GMT
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