New Delhi, Nov. 9 (PTI) Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said he was concerned about the “unpleasant” remarks made against the judges on social media and various other forums and said many people did not understand the life of a judge and the hard work he did.
He also said that the legislature and the judiciary were not fighting for control of the domain and were part of the same team to make this country a strong democratic nation.
“In court, we know what judges do and what their responsibilities are. But many people don’t understand the life of a judge. There are nasty remarks on social media and various forums, but when you see up close what judges have to do, it’s hard for people like us to understand,” Rijiju said during the Day celebration. Legal Services, organized by the National Legal Services. Authority (NALSA) at Sharda University, Greater Noida.
“We come from public life, we are open. Judges cannot be open. It’s not easy for them to get out of conventional duties and deal with legal aid,” he said.
Rijiju added that the legislature and the judiciary want to make sure people don’t have to fight for a modicum of justice.
Noting that more than four crore cases are pending in the lower courts, he said the lower judiciary is where the biggest push needs to be given at this time.
Chief Justice NV Ramana, who gave the keynote address, said the legal profession is not about maximizing profits but about serving society.
The CJI said that being trained in law, students are empowered to be the voices of vulnerable and marginalized sections of society.
“Your decision to join the legal aid movement will pave the way for a great career. This will help you instill empathy, understanding, and a sense of selflessness. Remember, unlike other professions, the legal profession is not about maximizing profit, but about serving society,” the CJI said.
Ramana said he was very happy to see Union Law Minister Rijiju’s personal inclination towards the progress of the legal services authorities.
“I hope that under his leadership, existing obstacles to the growth of legal services authorities, including infrastructure issues, will be resolved with prompt intervention. I am pleased that he fully understands the hard work of judges” , did he declare.
Rijiju said the government wants to make sure people don’t have to fight for a modicum of justice.
“People in the village are afraid to go to court. They don’t know what the court looks like. You tell an ordinary person to go to the High Court and the Supreme Court, they will say, “please leave me, I don’t want to go to court”.
“They will have no idea how the HC and SC will work. So the idea of bringing justice to the door is really transforming the justice system in the country,” he said.
Rijiju said the government is taking many steps to ensure adequate infrastructure for the lower court system.
“We know a lot of people who don’t get justice. It’s no one’s fault, it’s due to the circumstances and the situation, it’s not easy for an ordinary person to get justice. A person can sell a property to get justice, but they don’t get an appointment.
“It is very disheartening to see the common man fighting for justice. This is where the gap between the common man and justice must be bridged. NALSA has taken many steps. I do not overlook not the services of former office holders, but during this time I have seen great teamwork,” said the Minister of Justice.
Rijiju said government, legislature and judiciary are part of the same system and we are not fighting for domain control.
“We are part of the same team to make this country a strong democratic nation. We are all committed to ensuring the independence of the judiciary. The strength of the judiciary is very critical for the survival of democracy,” he said.
The Justice Minister said that as a growing nation, India will offer great opportunities.
“You have to bring the justice system to life and thanks to you, we are going to have a solid democracy in our country. The Prime Minister already pledged four years ago to make India an international center for arbitration,” he said.
He insisted on the need to make simple laws with easy language so that it becomes convenient for everyone.
“As a young democratic nation, we want to make India a proud and prosperous nation. It is a universal truth that we must accept human rights as fundamental rights. There can be no compromise on fundamental rights. Only the preservation of fundamental rights does not make a country great.
“It will become great when, alongside constitutional rights, everyone understands constitutional duties and obligations. If every member of a nation begins to treat constitutional duties above rights, no one will be able to stop this country from becoming a great nation,” he said.
Supreme Court Justice and Executive Chairman of NALSA Justice UU Lalit said every individual has a constitutional right to free legal aid.
Out of 100 cases filed on the criminal side that are filed in the courts, legal aid in only 1% of cases is the population, he said, adding that this is due to lack of knowledge.
The event was also attended by Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court Rajesh Bindal, Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh HC Justice AK Goswami and Justice MN Bhandari among others.