Even as the judiciary faces criticism over the huge backlog of cases, Chief Justice of India T S Thakur Saturday said dispensing justice was also a duty of the government, which should shed “apathy, indifference or incapacity” to be able to take decisions on its own without the need for the courts to intervene.
The CJI underlined that there were many “unnecessary cases” and that the government would do good to relive the judiciary of such “avoidable burden”.
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“We are doing justice. But isn’t that the government also supposed to do? Why should we force the citizen to go to court at all? I would request the Government of India to devise some mechanism to resolve these issues outside court,” he urged.
Thakur was speaking at the launch of a theme song for National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) in Delhi.
With Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad sharing the dais, the CJI said, “I would request the Union Law Minister to devise some mechanism to relieve our judicial system of the avoidable burden. Not because we are not ready to share that burden but because of the sheer apathy or indifference or the incapacity of the government to deal with a situation to take a decision.”
Stating that judges don’t lead lavish lives and integrity is their shield, the CJI suggested that the government may consider setting up a panel, comprising former judges, to decide on whether or not to fight a case against any citizen when the issue could be resolved outside court.