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Judges' conference on Good Friday gives wrong message: Justice Kurian Joseph

Judges conference on Good Friday gives wrong message: Justice Kurian Joseph

Kochi: Justice Kurian Joseph, in a letter addressed to CJI HL Dattu, has expressed his concern about the prestigious All India Chief Justices Conference being held on April 3 on Good Friday.

Kurian Joseph, in his letter, said that the judiciary was giving a wrong message to other constitutional institutions and public bodies by holding the conference on holy and national holidays.

He said he was of the view that a constitutional authority such as the Supreme Court must respect the concept of why the national holiday was declared in the first place.

According to Times of India report, he wrote to Chief Justice of India that he would be away in Kerala, "committed on account of the holy days when we have religious ceremonies and family get together as well".

Such events, he added, were not held during Diwali, Dussehra, Holi or Eid.

"What worries me is that instances like this would mar the secular image of the country. What really matters is the message something like this is sending," Justice Joseph told India Legal in an interview.

April 3 is Good Friday and April 5 is Easter.

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