Will keep praying for judiciary to be fearless, says T S Thakur

T S Thakur appealed to the lawyers to make sure the judiciary remains “independent and fearless”.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published:January 4, 2017 4:24 am
T S Thakur, T S Thakur farewell, indian judiciary, judiciary, fearless judiciary, CJI, supreme court, judges shortage, pending cases, bar association, indian express news, india news CJI-designate Justice J S Khehar greets his predecessor Justice T S Thakur at the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Source: Anil Sharma

On the last day in his office Tuesday, outgoing Chief Justice of India T S Thakur underlined the importance of a “fearless judiciary” that, he said, must stand up to fulfil the expectations of the common man and to meet “grave challenges” such as shortage of judges and inclusiveness of Indian society.

Justice Thakur, speaking on the Supreme Court lawns at a farewell function organised by the Bar Association, also appealed to the lawyers to make sure the judiciary remains “independent and fearless”.

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Recalling his 45-year-long journey as a lawyer and then as a judge, the CJI said: “Be assured, I have done the best for this institution that I could…I have played my role. I am now retiring but I will keep praying for its prestige from outside the sanctum sanctorum of the Supreme Court. I will continue praying for judiciary to remain fearless and to do all that common man of this country expects it to do.”

With CJI-designate Justice Khehar on the dais with him, Justice Thakur said that the judiciary has several challenges and should brace for a more difficult time ahead.

“The present has great challenges. You have the challenges of arrears. You have 3 crore cases pending. You have problems of infrastructure. You have the judges’ strength at a very low,” said the judge.

“You will have very serious issues coming up in times not very far from now. You will have issues arising out of cyber laws. You will have challenges of medico-legal cases. You will have issues of genetics. You will have issues of privacy. You will have issues of making India an inclusive society. All these are issues of grave nature,” said Justice Thakur.

He said the country is on the cusp of a great resurgence and is emerging as a super power not only in terms of arms and ammunition but also in terms of economic strength. “But this country cannot progress unless the judiciary also gets ready to handle the challenges that development and progress bring with them,” he said.

He described the role of judges and lawyers as “critical” in making sure there is peace in the society to make developments and progress possible. “My request is to the bar and all those associated with the judicial system, including my brother judges at all levels, that you need to get ready for the challenges in the future…peace in the society is possible only if those associated with the administration of justice and justice-delivery system perform their duties to the fullest,” added the CJI.

Striking many a philosophical note in his 26-minute speech, Justice Thakur invoked Mirza Ghalib and Allama Iqbal to dwell on the bliss of solitude.

“I long to live in utter loneliness, with none to speak to, none to share my thoughts With none to tend to me if I’m sick…none to mourn me if I pass away. Man is a multitude of thoughts…I feel I have company around, when I am most alone,” he recited.

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    Chander Pal
    Jan 4, 2017 at 2:24 am
    Fearless does not mean to oppose
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      Chander Pal
      Jan 4, 2017 at 4:08 am
      Why we have that notion that the high profiled individual lawyers have a much bigger profile than their resume. And why S C is so upset when lists as submitted are not approved.
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        Prateik
        Jan 4, 2017 at 2:53 am
        ....BJP
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          Prateik
          Jan 4, 2017 at 2:52 am
          Thakur' statement "..... fearless..." means that there is a force that has been reigning terror on judges and deciding judgements on behalf of Supreme Court judges. May be it is RAW, may be it is IB, may be it is .....
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            PCKULKARNI
            Jan 4, 2017 at 4:16 am
            Great job Mr. Thakut. You could successfully resist political pressure. I hope the incoming CJI follows your footsteps
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              ak dev
              Jan 4, 2017 at 2:48 am
              The outgoing CJI always acted like a politician and never looked like a judge.
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                Dipak
                Jan 4, 2017 at 3:37 am
                He is a crook.
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                  Dipak
                  Jan 4, 2017 at 3:36 am
                  Not may be but for sure this guy Thakur has made hundreds of Crores from the Italian Mafia Kamvali. Corrupt judge like others.
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                    Dipak
                    Jan 4, 2017 at 3:33 am
                    This outgoing judge looks like a corrupt judge taking orders from Italian Mafia Kamvali and making money at the same time. Obviously he is jealous of the prime minister.
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                      gopal
                      Jan 4, 2017 at 3:08 am
                      In the quest for being fearless, let it not end up as foolish.. Courts have a problem in prioritizing cases ..this has led to inevitable delays in many important cases. Opaque behavior and conflicting judgments are the order of the day. Need a trend reversal on this.
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                        JR
                        Jan 4, 2017 at 1:56 am
                        Good riddance to this rascal
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                          K N
                          Jan 4, 2017 at 4:12 am
                          What about accountability ? Is fearlessness without accountability sustainable ?
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                            Rabi Sharma
                            Jan 4, 2017 at 2:44 am
                            Justice Thakur shall be remembered as a truly sincere person who strove hard to keep the judiciary really meaningful.
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                              sangeeth
                              Jan 4, 2017 at 4:32 am
                              I respectfully disagree on this. Judiciary should have a sense of justice and clear understanding of its consutional brief and boundaries. Fearlessness and independence are supposed to be system driven. Expectations of any body should have little impact judicial dicisions. Outgoing CJI did not seem to be a man worthy of that position
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                                santosh kumar
                                Jan 4, 2017 at 2:38 am
                                There is nothing good in Judiciary which has to used with word remain because if anything of this remains in current form they it is very sad. Judges are the most corrupt species in India but they are much valued. If 5 percent of employees in other departments are corrupt then 80% of judicial staffs are corrupt that is the true story. and if some in suits wants to forget this that should be going to happen.
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                                  Citizen
                                  Jan 4, 2017 at 1:04 am
                                  Hon'ble CJI fearlessly stood up for justice. The Goddess of justice Nyaay devta blessed him.
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