Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called for speedy disposal of election petitions and criminal cases against political leaders pending before various courts. He also suggested setting up of separate benches to expedite all such cases within six months or one year.
Interacting with eminent lawyers, judges and all the members of the Bar Association here in Visakhapatnam today, the Vice president recollected his early days as a law student in Andhra University and shared his cherished memories with the gathering.
The Vice President also wanted the presiding officers of legislative bodies to decide anti-defection cases within three months’ time.
Speaking at an event to commemorate 156th year of District Court and 139th year of Visakhapatnam Bar Association (VBA), he stressed upon the need to undertake reforms to improve the functioning of judicial institutions to ensure speedy justice and equitable justice, particularly to the common man.
Saying that Indian Constitution envisages independence of the judiciary, Vice President Naidu said that the all the three organs; the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary must share healthy and mutual respect and complement the role of each other. No one should encroach into others’ domains, he added.
Pointing that everybody must strive to ensure that our constitutional principles and rule of law were respected by every citizen, the Vice President opined that nobody should be allowed to violate them with impunity.
Expressing concern over the pendency of cases at various courts, the Vice President said that time bound approval of applications and disposal of appeals was absolutely essential.
Pointing that a large amount of money was locked up in long pending tax-related litigations, he said that delays in judicial litigations and proceedings could affect the image of the country.
The Vice President said that a robust regulatory architecture gives confidence to investors, especially for a country like India that has become a bright spot for investments.
“The whole world is now looking towards India as an investment destination. However, we need to ensure that there is a transparent, predictable policy regime and a sound judicial, regulatory system in place. A robust regulatory architecture gives confidence to investors.” he opined.
The Vice President reminded the advocates that founding fathers of the Constitution reposed implicit trust and faith in the legal community, he asked them to stand by the common man in his difficulties and protect the constitutional values.
He also urged the Bar Association to also promote usage of local languages in courts as it was convenient and appropriate that the proceedings were held in the respective state’s official language.
Pointing that there was a general feeling that due to mushrooming of Law Colleges in every nook and corner without any infrastructure, library or good faculty, the standards of legal profession were coming down substantially.
Vice President called upon all the Bar Councils to see that Law Colleges does not mislead the students wanting to become lawyers and ensure that a proper mechanism and standards were set in place.
Retired Judges, Judges, Sr Advocates and members of the Visakhapatnam Bar Association and several eminent citizens of the port city were present at the event.