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Controversy over Good Friday internal matter: CJI

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New Delhi, April 5:

Chief Justice of India Justice H.L. Dattu on Sunday sought to play down the controversy over the holding of the high court chief justices conference on Good Friday, saying it was an internal “family matter” and would be settled.

Justice HL Dattu
Justice HL Dattu

Describing as “unfortunate” the raising of the issue by Justice Kurian Joseph, Chief Justice Dattu told media persons: “I am the head of the family and our one member has questioned me. We will settle it ourselves and it should not go outside the family.”

Law Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda was also present at the media conference.

Justice Joseph had raised objections to the Chief Justice of India holding the high court chief justices conference on Good Friday.

In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Justice Joseph had said: “Irrespective of the religion, Diwali, Holi, Dussehra, Eid, Bakrid, Christmas, Easter etc. are great days of festival celebrations in the neighbourhood.

“Your good self would kindly appreciate that no important programmes are held during sacred and auspicious days of Diwali, Dussehra, Holi, Eid, Bakrid etc., though we have holidays during that period as well.”

“I regret my inability to attend the event as the conference coincides with the Good Friday ceremonies. Good Friday is a day of great religious significance to us, marking the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ,” he had said.

(IANS)