A national fishermen group has asked that Supreme Court’s Justice DY Chandrachud take back the “unparliamentary words” he said about the community while hearing a case on February 5, Bar and Bench reported.

The National Fisherfolk Forum was objecting to Chandrachud’s remarks while hearing petitions seeking an investigation into the death of Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya.

Arguments between advocates Dushyant Dave and Pallav Shishodia heated up during the hearing, and Justice DY Chandrachud had asked the lawyers to calm down. “Let us not reduce the dialogue in this court to the level of fish market,” Chandrachud had said.

Responding to the remark, National Fisherfolk Forum chairperson N Ilango released a press statement later asking why the court had even mention a fish market.

“We would like to know from the Honourable Justice the earthly need to mention the fish market in this case,” Ilango said. “We would like to know why the activities of the fish market should be mentioned in such bad colour.”

Ilango said the community was “pained” by the statement, and demanded that the judge withdraws his remarks in the “very same forum where it was uttered”.