“While our Constitution envisages independence of judiciary from the executive, the Legislature and Judiciary should share healthy mutual respect and should complement each other”, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu told the judges and members of the Bar Association of the Allahabad High Court on October 13, 2018.
Addressing the gathering after inaugurating the new Allahabad High Court annex, the Vice President reminded the judges and members of the Bar Association of the crucial historical milestones witnessed by the Allahabad High Court, like the trial of the Chauri Chaura case, the Meerut Conspiracy case and the INA Trials.
The Vice President proclaimed that Judiciary is a key pillar of our democratic polity and suggested that judiciary should strengthen democracy by ensuring speedy justice, even handed justice and justice that is perceived to be entirely fair.
VP Naidu lamented that there was a huge volume of cases pending in Indian courts. He recommended that Courts must make use of innovative tools such as Lok Adalats, Gram Nyayalays and Fast Track Courts for speedy justice disbursal. He advised that the endless possibilities of Information Technology should also be fully exploited to make procedures more transparent and less cumbersome.
He spared a few words to express his thoughts about the importance of the use of local languages in the procedures of Courts in India for the sake of easy comprehension among the common people, the petitioners seeking justice.
He expressed his deep concern for the existence of a large number of unfilled vacancies in the judicial system and expressed hope that the efforts being made by the government to bridge the gap in human resources would bear fruits soon. He acknowledged the dedication of the Judges of the Allahabad High Court who agreed to dispose urgent criminal cases during the vacations.
Applauding the functioning of the National Judicial Data Grid which found place in Ease of Doing Business Report for 2018 for facilitating the enforcement of commercial contracts, the Vice President said that we should avoid delays in judicial litigations and create a robust regulatory architecture to inspire more confidence among investors.
The Vice President spoke about the rise in the number of cyber-crimes which have opened up an all together new dimension in jurisprudence. He added that cyber-crimes and their ramifications transcend defined jurisdictions and expressed hope that the courts would equip themselves to deal with them. Speaking about the need to reform Anti Defection law, he said that it is time to consider establishing a special court for election offences.
He urged the courts to stand by the truth at all times so that each citizen will feel confident that truth alone would triumph in this country. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adithyanath, retired and sitting judges of Allahabad High Court, judges from Supreme Court and eminent legal luminaries were present on the occasion.