The former Chief Justice of India SA Bobde sat on a bench that heard an application plea filed by “the Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association” seeking representation of women in the higher judiciary.
During the hearing, advocate Shobha Gupta and sneha khalita, representing the supreme court women lawyers association, argued that only 11% of judges were women.
Regaring this plea , CJI cited that women often turn down the offer to be appointed as judges citing domestic responsibilities.
Bobde said that the court has the best interest of women in mind and claimed that they are implementing at its best. It’s time we select a woman judge to supremre court who would become the CJI. The time for the woman CJI have come but collegium face difficulties in the appointments because women lawyers decline offers to become judges.
He also said that “ System doesn’t required an attitudinal change. We Only that we need capable candidates.”
The Court declined to issue notice in the application. As one of the reasons for doing so, the former CJI along with Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Surya Kant who had stated that many women advocates declined judgeship owing to domestic responsibilities. With this statement, the former CJI gave us a window into the patriarchal mindset prevalent even in the highest echelons of the judiciary. ” We don’t want to complicate things.