Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday stressed the need for coordination between “the executive and the judiciary” to ensure effective implementation of laws, and stressed that it does not matter whether the justice is done through the courts or under the aegis of the executive through mediation, as long as justice is done.
He was speaking at the National Judicial Conference on Mediation and Information Technology at Kevadia settlement in Narmada district of Gujarat.
Rijiju also spoke of the “urgent need for mediation given the high number of cases pending before the courts” and added that the Mediation Bill was before the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice for deliberation.
“When judges sit in court, they work independently and when we sit in parliament, we make laws. And as a member of the executive, we are committed to implementation. But if there is a lack of coordination between the executive and the judiciary, implementation will also be difficult. Whether we are doing justice from the courtrooms or going to someone’s house in a village to do justice, the problem is one: people have to get justice,” he said.
“So I believe there has to be teamwork (between the executive and the judiciary)… Since Chief Justice of India NV Ramana came to this position (from being elevated to the post of CJI), there has been such a great coordination (of the judiciary with the executive),”, underlined the minister.
“We feel the urgent need for mediation given the high backlog of lower court cases in SC… The Mediation Bill, which is before Parliament, is taking very good shape. We consulted with all stakeholders, in fact we got very useful input from SC judges, retired SC and HC judges, and also consulted with some law firms and, At this time the Bill is referred to the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Law and Justice.”
Stating that mediation was part of Indian culture and “was there in Ramayan and Mahabharat times and is widely practiced today in small villages, talukas, in all spheres of life”, Rijiju added that the government’s goal was “to make sure people don’t have to wait for a formal trial to get justice. Let’s explore other ways to get justice quickly to people in need…I also think the current system we will weigh more and more unless we reform internally,” he said.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the event, Gujarat Governor Acharya Devvrat said the judiciary must move forward with foresight. “…our Prime Minister Narendra Modi…is leading the country towards self-reliance and right now the situation in the world is before our eyes. What is happening in our neighboring countries is before our eyes. In such a situation, it is important for us to understand that there is a need for India to be self-reliant and united as envisioned by the iron man of India Sardar Patel,” he said.
“A self-governing country achieves all of its goals. The judicial system is such an institution of the country which is the center of everyone’s faith, trust and inspiration and it is this institution that they turn to when a person is unable to find a way out … Our justice system must move forward with such foresight that the guilty are unable to escape and a righteous person is not disappointed,” he said.