On Youthful Looks, Kiren Rijiju, Chief Justice DY Chandrachud’s Banter at Delhi Event


On Youthful Looks, Kiren Rijiju, Chief Justice DY Chandrachud’s Banter at Delhi Event

“I realized that I was 12 years old when the law minister was born,” says DY Chandrachud.

New Delhi:

The “youthful look” of Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud and Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju was the subject of much fanfare at the Bar Council’s reception over the weekend. The clip of the event held on Friday was shared by the Law Minister today, reiterating.

“I am sure, no one will dispute the true youthful appearance of the Chief Justice of India, Justice DY Chandrachud!!” Read the tweet of Mr. Rijiju, who at 51 is the youngest minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet.

The chief justice, who is 63 years old, claimed that he is a “cheater” in the “youthful looks” category.

“By doing a Google search some time ago, I realized that I was 12 years old when the law minister was born. So that would justify my saying that I am a fraud. He belongs to the youth class,” Justice Chandrachud said at the event, to laughter and cheers from the audience.

Mr Rijiju, not to be outdone, sternly said he would “not give any clarification” about his date of birth.

“They see my date of birth. And I don’t have to give any clarification about my date of birth. So let it be on record. I won’t challenge,” said the law minister, whose sizzling videos on health and wellness. There have been many positive comments on social media about fitness.

“When someone calls me a young-looking law minister — naturally, who doesn’t want to be called young?” Mr Rijiju went on to add. “But my biggest joy lately is that the Chief Justice of India looks really young,” he added to loud guffaws from the audience.

Justice Chandrachud was sworn in as the 50th Chief Justice of India earlier this week. In his first statement to the media after being sworn in, he said his priority was to “serve the common citizen”.

He reiterated that sentiment at Friday’s reception.

Talking about the District Judiciary, he said it is “the big ticket judgments that the High Court and the Supreme Court do not write, but the small cases that the Judiciary deals with… they bring peace and tranquility”.

“I hope my tenure will be marked by harmony and balance. I have learned from my elders that it is very important to maintain peace in our society. Courts have a very important role in defining harmony and balance,” he added.

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