I have the right to speak on the judiciary: CJI

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New Delhi, Aug 24 (ANI): Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan on Monday called the Karnataka High Court Judge D.V. Shylendra Kumar's move to declare his own assets as a publicity strategy, and reiterated his right to speak on matters related to the judiciary.

"He wants publicity and such a thing is not good for a judge. Judges should not be publicity-crazy," Chief Justice Balakrishnan said.

The Chief Justice of India refuted charges that he was against judges making their assets public.

"The public has a right to know what is happening in the judiciary and I am telling them. I stand by what I have said on disclosure of assets by judges, and No one can stop them (Judges) if they chose to do so," he said.

Earlier, Justice Kumar had said the chief justice of India did not have the authority to speak on behalf of all judges.

"I have the authority to speak in favour of judiciary," Balakrishnan said.

Earlier senior lawyer Harish Salve said, while he agreed with Justice Kumar's view that judges should publicly declare their assets, his criticism of the Chief Justice was not in order.(ANI)

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