EU Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju suggested on Saturday there was a need to rethink the collegiate system to speed up the process of senior judicial appointments, as concerns are raised about the ongoing trial.
He said senior judicial appointments were “pending” but “not because of the justice minister, but because of the system”.
“We need to think about a collegiate system to speed up senior judicial appointments,” he said, speaking as a keynote speaker at the inauguration of the two-day Union of India Counsel (West Zone) on issue 2022 in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Later, when asked for comment by reporters, he said, “There are problems with the system in place, and everyone knows that. There will be further discussion on what and how to do this. I presented my point of view to everyone where there were judges, law enforcement officers and invited people. Supreme Court Justice, Justice Ajay Rastogi, Supreme Court of Rajasthan acting as Chief Justice, M. M. Srivastava, Chief Justice of Gujarat Supreme Court, Arvind Kumar, and Attorney General of India , Tushar Mehta, also expressed their views during the inaugural session of the workshop. Rijiju said, “When such issues are raised at such conferences, those present find out what is going through the mind of the Minister of Justice and what the government thinks. I expressed my point of view and I also listened to their points of view. He said he raised the issue in Udaipur as “there are to be several appointments to the Supreme Court of Rajasthan and they are pending.” “The appointments are pending not because of the Minister of Justice, but because of the system, and that’s why I presented (my point of view) to you,” he said.
He also said that additional general counsels would be appointed in all higher courts so that the Indian government can be effectively represented. The country’s courts are being digitized, he said, which would help people get information about their cases. He also said that the government was taking effective measures to improve the infrastructure of appeal courts and lower courts.
He also said the government was working to establish a law academy. He said there were 4.85 million cases in the country and the justice system needed to work efficiently to solve this problem. Speaking as a special guest, EU Minister of State for Law and Justice, SP Baghel, said that an ideological brainstorming session would take place at the conference, which would lead to a concrete decision on strengthening of democracy and its institutions.
The event started with a special message from Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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