‘Don’t dare cross Lakshman Rekha’: Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju asked about ongoing cases


Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju, in the presence of Chief Justice NV Ramana, told parliament on Monday that he was being asked many questions regarding the backlog of cases and the delay in delivering justice, but that he had never dared to cross the ‘Lakshman Rekha’, and stressed that he has a clear role to play as a bridge between the executive and the judiciary.

Rijiju was speaking at Independence Day celebrations organized by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA). The event was also attended by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, SCBA President Vikas Singh, Supreme Court Justices and members of the Bar.

Rijiju told parliament that many MPs ask him, “why are there pending cases and why are there delays in the administration of justice?” He added: “I am getting helpless, I cannot answer in specific terms…I have a Lakshman Rekha, which I never dare to cross…” Rijiju said he could make statements from his sits, but he never does, and understands that he needs to return to the bench, talk to the Chief Justice, and also interact with the judges.

He added that it is very easy to pass comments saying that the legislature, executive and judiciary should do it and also how the judiciary can end the backlog of cases in two years. “It’s all easy to say unless you feel the pinch,” Rijiju said.

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He said the executive has greater accountability and without the proactive role of government it is difficult for the judiciary to function in isolation. “I have a clear role to play as a bridge between the executive and the judiciary,” he said.

Citing the completion of 100 years of freedom in 2047, he said the three branches of state – judiciary, legislature and executive – must operate transparently.

He added that many people think that the judiciary, the legislature and the executive work very differently, in fact they work closely together, and because of the sensitivity and understanding to some degree, “we seem to be working separately”.

Rijiju further added that there is nothing wrong with someone, who holds a constitutional position, fighting for the preservation of their independence as well as their authority, but sometimes it is essential to understand what is the story on the other side of the fence. .

He said India is very unique, so the challenges are also very unique, and judges who deal with 40 to 50 cases in one day are unique and no other country has this kind of workload.


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