Tweeting and Blogging Judges Government asks for details

The IANS has reported that the Central Government has sought information from the Supreme Court and High Courts about judges who are airing their views on blogs and social networking sites such as Twi

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Sushree Pholgu

September 10, 2010 - 2:05pm

Judges definitely should be allowed to tweet..i mean this such an absurd idea..cant they express their opinion by any other means other than blogging etc.??of course they can..so what purpose does it achieve if they are restricted from tweeting? And as to what they write there and whether it is shameful and demeaning...well, they are judges after all..i\'m sure they know what they\'re doing.

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ASG

August 13, 2010 - 4:34pm

A judge should be free to express his personal opinions, whether on blogs, twitter, etc. However, expressing any opinion which tarnishes the image or office of the judiciary, should not be allowed. For example, rendering a personal apology to Arundhati Roy is shameful and demeaning the brother judges who passed the contempt verdict. There is nothing as personal statements when made in public. A judge is a judge, as long as he is holding office, whether inside court or in public forums and he should, at all time, conduct himself in the dignity and manner as expected from a person holding a constitutional position.

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sahil

August 13, 2010 - 7:48am

i dont see any wrong with judges having fb,tweeter etc accounts...... they have the right to speech & expression .it's none of the government which itself is so corrupt tip to bottom.all they need to check is that there are no corrupt judges in the system then to stop them from speakin the truth........... let the truth prevail

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PN

August 12, 2010 - 3:02pm

Blogs and tweets are but a medium of expression. If there are no restrictions on judges writing articles in newspapers, contributing essays for books and delivering speeches in public, I fail to understand how blogging or tweeting can be construed to be objectionable. Furthermore, let's not forget that judges too have the have the right to freedom of speech and expression.Given the virtual absence of any other effective mode of ensuring judicial accountability, outspoken criticism of the judiciary (even from within the institution) can only be a good thing!

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Guest

August 12, 2010 - 2:01pm

it's none of the govt's bloody business if a judge has a twitter account. the govt should instead focus of cracking down on corrupt judges and lawyers. the present govt is a hotbed of corruption and is promoting corruption in the legal system.

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