NEW DELHI: A fortnight after validating scrapping of special status for Jammu & Kashmir under Article 370, Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud celebrated Christmas with lawyers by singing evergreen carols ‘Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer’ and ‘jingle bells’ and dedicating it to soldiers guarding the borders in freezing temperatures to keep the country and citizens safe.
At the Christmas day event organised by Supreme Court Bar Association, the CJI mentioned the four soldiers who lost their lives in a terrorist attack four days back and said we must not forget the freezing conditions in which the personnel work in winter to secure the country and keep citizens safe.
“We lost four members of our armed forces a few days ago. So, as we celebrate Christmas, let us not forget those on the borders who are spending these wintry mornings protecting us and our nation. When we sing, we also sing for them in celebration,” the CJI said. On December 11, a five-judge SC bench led by CJI Chandrachud unanimously upheld the Centre’s 2019 decision to scrap special status for J&K under Article 370. The four fallen soldiers, whom the CJI referred to, were killed in a terrorist ambush in Poonch district on Thursday.
As he broke into signing Christmas carols, he was joined in by his successor Justice Sanjiv Khanna, Justice Ahsanuddin Amanulla, SCBA president Adish Aggarwala and lawyers in the audience. This is the first time the SCBA organised a function for celebrating Christmas, though it had been organising Holi celebrations for years.
The CJI also used the occasion to diffuse the protest from SCBA over the December 22 decision of SC to discontinue the practice of circulation of letters by lawyers to seek adjournment of hearing, even at the eleventh hour.

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