A comment by a senior Supreme Court judge DY Chandrachud referring to a fish market appears to have angered the fishermen community. The National Fisherfolk Forum, a national confederation of state-level fisher federations, has said that the reference was tantamount to disrespecting the fishermen communities and that they were pained by the judge’s mention of their activity in a bad colour.
During a hearing on February 5, Justice Chandrachud had said: “Let us not reduce the dialogue in this court to the level of fish market.” He was hearing PILs seeking probe into Judge Loya’s death when two senior advocates got involved in a verbal altercation. Condemning Justice Chandrachud’s remarks, The National Fisherfolk Forum said in a statement that “the utterance of Honourable Justice is tantamount to disrespecting the total fisher communities” and that the fishermen community is “pained as he has mentioned their activity in a case which has nothing in common”.
The NFF also sought to know from Justice Chandrachud about the “need to mention the fish market” in this case, which it said had no relation to the activities of the community. “More so, we would like to know why the activities of the fish market should be mentioned in such bad colour,” the statement read.
The statement further said that the community is “bewildered at such derogatory remark made by the Honourable Supreme Court judge so highly respected by all.” It further demanded that Justice Chandrachud take back the “unparliamentary words in the very same forum where it was uttered”.
The statement is signed by M Ilango, an ex-MLA and chairperson of the forum. Speaking to The Indian Express, Ilango said the reference made by Justice Chandrachud was the “worst metaphor he used”. While agreeing that fish markets are usually noisy, his objection was to Justice Chadrachud’s attempts to draw a comparison with a noisy courtroom and suggest that a fish market is worse.
Read the full statement here: