PM assures CJI of support to increase Judges in courts

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Prime Minister,Narendra Modi at the inauguration of  Joint Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday. Photo-PTI

Prime Minister,Narendra Modi at the inauguration of Joint Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday.
Photo-PTI

Speaking at the Joint Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts in the National Capital on Sunday Prime Minister Modi said that his govt is ready to work with the judiciary on increasing the number of judges.

“There are so many laws that are redundant and not suited for the times, those need to be removed,” PM said underlining his government’s effort to simplify laws.

Addressing the Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High courts, Modi said that his government will put in all efforts to reduce the pendency of cases in Indian courts.

“We have to increase the efficiency when making laws, from debate to implementation,” PM said after and emotional appeal from CJI.

Modi, who was not slated to speak as per the schedule of the programme circulated by the Law Ministry, said if constitutional barriers do not create any problems, then top ministers and senior Supreme Court judges can sit together in a closed room to find a solution to the issue.

The Prime Minister also said that it is the responsibility of all to ensure that the common man continues to have faith
in the judiciary and his government will fulfil the responsibility and will not falter in helping to make the common man’s life easier.

An emotional Chief Justice of India, Justice T. S. Thakur who  presided over the function lamented “inaction” by the Executive to increase the number of judges from the present 21,000 to 40,000 to handle the “avalanche” of litigations even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured him of his government’s resolve in finding a solution jointly with the judiciary.

“It is not only in the name of a litigant or people languishing in jails but also in the name of development of the country, its progress that I beseech you to rise to the occasion and realise that it is not enough to criticise. You cannot shift the entire burden on the judiciary,” said the Chief Justice of India said in a choking voice.

Addressing the inaugural session of Joint Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts, Justice Thakur said that since 1987, when the Law Commission had recommended increase in the number of judges from then 10 judges per 10 lakh people to 50, “nothing has moved”.

“Speeches have been made in past, people have spoken in conferences, there’s been debate in Parliament but I think nothing really appears to be moving,” said the CJI.

As of today, the judge to people ratio stands at 15 judges to 10 lakh people which is way less than as compared to the US, Australia, the UK and Canada.

“In 1987, the requirement was 40,000 judges. From 1987 till now, we have added 25 crore in terms of population. We have grown into one of the fastest growing economies of the world, we are inviting foreign direct investment into the country, we want people to come and make in India, we want people to come and invest in India.

“Those whom we are inviting are also concerned about the ability of the judicial system in the country to deal with cases and disputes that arise out of such investments. Efficacy of the judicial system is so vitally connected with the development,” he said, referring to Modi government’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Ease of doing business’ campaign