India, May 23 -- Supreme Court Bar Association president Dushyant Dave on Saturday said the judiciary has squandered a chance of winning back the public respect by failing to hold the government accountable for its "failures" in tackling the difficulties citizens have faced due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"[The] pandemic really gave judiciary a chance to win over the hearts of the people by taking proactive steps in the time of crisis, and earn back the respect it once commanded. The judiciary intervenes through public interest litigation in all kinds of matters but when it came to the crunch, it failed," Dave said in his speech titled 'Role of Judiciary in Pandemic' at a webinar organsied by the All India Lawyers Union.

Dave was referring ...