Digital Desk, New Delhi. Chief Justice of India (CJI) N. V. Ramana on Saturday said that peace will prevail only when the dignity and rights of the people are recognized and protected. The CJI made the remarks after laying the foundation stone of a new High Court building complex in Srinagar. He emphasized that laws alone are not sufficient for the creation of tradition, it requires people of high ideals to communicate life within the framework of the law.
CJI Ramana said denial of justice will eventually lead to anarchy. This will soon destabilize the institution of the judiciary as people will look for an extra-judicial system. Peace will prevail only when the dignity and rights of the people are recognized and protected. In the speech, he quoted poet Ali Jawad Zaidi and renowned Urdu poet Rifat Sarfarosh to reflect on his sentiments.
Justice Ramana emphasized that for the functioning of a healthy democracy it is essential that people feel that their rights and dignity are protected and recognized. He said that speedy adjudication of disputes is the hallmark of a healthy democracy. The CJI said that only laws are not enough to create tradition in a country. It requires people of indelible character, driven by high ideals, to infuse life and spirit within the framework of laws.
He further said, Dear Judges and Judicial Officers, you play a very important role in our constitutional scheme. The common man always considers the judiciary as the ultimate custodian of rights and freedoms. He said that often, litigants are under a lot of psychological stress and they may be illiterate, ignorant of the law and may have various financial issues, given that the judges should try to make them feel comfortable. .
Justice Ramana observed that it is sad that the judicial infrastructure has not been changed to meet the demands of the growing needs of modern India after independence. We are far behind in making our courts inclusive and accessible. If we do not pay immediate attention to this, the constitutional ideal of access to justice will fail. The state of judicial infrastructure across the country is not satisfactory. The courts are functioning in very pathetic conditions from rented building. The CJI said that one of the biggest challenges to the rule of law and protection of human rights is the inability of the formal justice system to provide speedy and affordable justice to all.
He said the justice delivery system in India is very complex and costly. The judiciary should be in its best effort to ensure that the challenges to its functioning are met by just and constitutional means. He said that in a country like India, where a huge digital-divide still exists, a lot needs to be done to harness the full potential of technological innovations.
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