31 October, New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said that government is the biggest litigant and it should think of lessening the burden of the judiciary by resolving disputes at administrative levels.
Addressing the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Delhi High Court, Modi said, lawmakers should draft legislations in a manner where there is little scope for interpretation or discrimination.
He said, it will serve the interest of justice to the fullest extent. He also called for generating awareness about Alternate Dispute Resolution, ADR mechanism so that the burden on courts is minimised.
He lauded the efforts of Delhi High Court in resolving large number of cases through ADR. He said, the judiciary should prepare a roadmap for next fifty years on the basis of their experience of last 50 years of Delhi High Court.
Remembering Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his birth anniversary, Modi said, instead of practicing law, the leader chose to fight for the cause of the nation. He said, the formation of All India Civil Service is one of Sardar Patel’s biggest contribution to the nation.
He welcomed the ongoing debates and discussions on the formation of All India Judicial Service. Modi said, the society’s poor, downtrodden and deprived people must be brought into the judicial system. Acknowledging that it is a challenge, Mr Modi says, ways should be discovered to make it possible.
He also spoke about taking the help of technology in making the system accessible and affordable for all.
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Justice T S Thakur said, Delhi Bar has attracted talent from all over the country. Justice Thakur said, once the bar is rich, the Bench will be eventually rich. He said, judges should also introspect about public perception.
Earlier in his address, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, NDA government’s commitment to independence of judiciary is completely irrefutable. He said senior leaders of present government, including Prime Minister had faced the wrath of then government during emergency.
He said they fought to uphold the rule of law and freedom of press during that period. Mr Prasad denied the allegations of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that the phones of judges are being tapped.
Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung, Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Mrs G Rohini also spoke on the occasion.