SC Judge writes to PM, boycotts dinner over Good Friday

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New Delhi: Supreme Court Judge Kurian Joseph has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi annoyed over the Judges conference being held during the period of Good Friday to Easter Sunday at the Prime Minister’s residence. All the judges of the Supreme Court, the Chief justices of the High Courts and the Chief Ministers of all the states have been invited.

He has declined the dinner invitation and has said that every religion should be treated equally and no important programmes should be held on holidays of religious significance. He has also written to Chief justice of India H L Dattu in this regard.

In his letter to the CJI, he said, “I may with deep  anguish bring to your kind notice that such an important conference should not have been held when some of us, otherwise expected to be part of the event, or otherwise committed on account of the holy days when we have religious ceremonies and family get-together as well.”

However, Chief Justice Dattu have hit back at Joseph saying that the justice has to ask himself, as he cannot ask the judge, whether he will give preference to institutional interest or individual interest.

CJI was supported by Justice K T Thomas asking why Christians cannot work on Good Friday.

He said, “In America, where 98 per cent are Christians, Good Friday is a working day.  Christians can attend Church service and go to work.  But in India we are obsessed with holiday culture.  I am totally opposed to this holiday mania that we suffer from.”

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