Judiciary facing a lot of challenges, we must increase our capability: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke at an event in New Delhi to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Delhi High Court.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 31, 2016 8:54 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the judges on the 50th anniversary of the Delhi High Court and called for a joint effort to tackle the challenges faced by the judiciary. Modi started his speech on a lighter note as he said: “you are celebrating the 50th anniversary, smile a little”.

The Prime Minister then shifted his focus towards the challenges faced by the judiciary. “The judiciary today is facing a lot of challenges but it’s our job to find an opportunity in this situation and increase our capability. If we all work together, we’ll be able to do it,” he said.

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He also talked about the importance of judicial awareness among the common people and how it’s necessary to bring the people belonging to the lower strata into the system.

The event was attended by several dignitaries including LG Najeeb Jung, CM Arvind Kejriwal and Justice G Rohini. PM went on to say that the HC shared it’s anniversary with birth anniversary of Sardas Vallabhbhai Patel. He remembered and praised India’s first Home Minister for his contribution to the country.

He added that most of the judiciary’s time is spent on government. PM also noted: “politics was not very media driven in the past. Today when we debate in the parliament, what someone speaks depends on who has brought the bill. But when the issue goes to standing committee, media does not cover it and everyone decides collectively.”

PM said that the better laws an elected government makes, they more they will be serving the judiciary.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Oct 31, 2016 at 10:39 am
    Two yrs n u have done nothing against corruption or honesty in judiciary u wadted time making bussiness for other countries as their s person . U have s number of tainted ministers i would like to c some action against them
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    S. Agastya
    Oct 31, 2016 at 4:49 pm
    Need of the hour is: 1) We need to have compeive approach to clear the back-log in the judiciary. 2) Such approach shall be subject-wise, with an element of SYNERGY, between various organs of the Govt. 3) The powers that be shall devise a mechanism and ensure optimum utilization of abundant man-power (Advocates) that is available, at the disposal of the judiciary; while considering to introduce artificial intelligence to the maximum.4) The adjudicating mechanism shall be presided over by the judicial officer, who can understand the dynamics (that generates litigation) of the society; 5) Since the Govt. is the biggest litigant and about 50% of the litigation emanates from the office of the PUBLIC SERVANT or from the functioning of the Public Servant; the Public Servant/ office of the Public Servant (as defined in Sec.21 of IPC) shall display its functional ability with accountability, while taking cognizance of Fundamental duties as specified in Article-51-A of the Consution of India. 7) Adjudicating mechanism/ process of adjudication shall generate confidence in the litigant that justice is guaranteed. 8) In Civil Cases, Extra Care needs to be ensured while framing the Issues. 9) Till the stage of framing Issues, Artificial Intelligence shall be deplo, to the extent possible; while sparingly using the discretion vested thereon to grant interim orders and in the event of need or necessity to grant interim orders; the same shall be subject to certain conditions. Similarly, in Criminal cases, while taking cognizance of the offence, extra care need to be ensured to weed out the speculative litigation. Though the list is exhaustive, let us halt here.
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    Oct 31, 2016 at 11:19 am
    In continuation of my earlier comment I wished to share that we need adequate transparency on process and the way the law works so that the lay person is not fooled. I recently sought a certified copy of an order of a Tribunal from an office staffer of a SC lawyer whom I was seeking advice from. On being asked how much it would cost he said give me Rs 500. He also told me that since I was not a Party to the case I would not be able to access it. I actually accessed it subsequently through RTI and realized that he had not even given me all the pages of the specific judgement. I continue to learn.
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    Oct 31, 2016 at 11:06 am
    It is critical to clean up the judiciary with the istance of the judiciary. As a non legal professional I recently reviewed the order pronounced by a judge in the Tis Hazari Courts. The number and nature of errors make me wonder whether they happened intentionally. The general public want a cleanup so that real justice occurs not a semblance of justice. The recent arrest of a senior judge of the Delhi HC sends the right signal both for the public and the judiciary. Im considerably encouraged by the Hon CJI talking of a cleanup of the system. Now make your actions speak for themselves.
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    Basavaraj N
    Oct 31, 2016 at 1:41 pm
    Rather than increasing the judiciary capabilities we must try to reduce the number crimes. Build healthy and responsible society.
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    Brijesh kasaudhan
    Oct 31, 2016 at 4:11 pm
    If our P.M is so much concerned then he must try to fulfill the vacancies in judiciary there are so many vacancies which should be fulfil so that the workload on judiciary decrese and getting the justice will be easy for a common people
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    Oct 31, 2016 at 4:24 pm
    Modi has decided to issue ordinance to set up Fast Track Courts for all MPs and MLAs facing criminal charges. This is the biggest judicial reform of the century. Hats off to a leader having far reaching vision of good governance.
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    Vinu Koratty
    Oct 31, 2016 at 11:52 am
    Abolishing Collegium will be a good start, Mr. Modi....
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