India’s justice system must prioritize the common man, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said today during the Bar Association’s congratulation to Chief Justice NV Ramana, stressing “Justice delayed is justice denied”. At the event, he also praised Chief Justice Ramana and underlined that he will “create a new dawn for the judiciary”.
Mr Rijiju, 49, who took charge as Minister of Law in July following a massive cabinet reshuffle, raised the issue of pending lawsuits in the country at today’s event. “People keep bringing up the issue of cases pending in courts. It is the lower courts that we urgently need to look at. When a person from humble backgrounds or from a rural area looks up to get justice, he gives his all. Sometimes he even has to sell his land and other assets,” emphasized the Union minister.
“If justice is then delayed, that’s a big question mark for all of us. Justice deferred is justice denied. The last mile man… the common man must be prioritized,” he added.
“The law is often seen as the profession of the rich man. Slowly the situation is changing. Opportunities are emerging. Many people in India cannot approach the court. Lack of money and delays are a big challenge,” said Chief Justice Ramana. said at the event.
The Justice Minister praised Chief Justice Ramana, saying: “The Chief Justice of India is doing exactly what needs to be done.”
The minister recalled his first meeting and said: “When I first met Chief Justice Ramana, I didn’t know him well. I had heard about him from (a) friend and the media. He has proven to be a high-ranking person.” integrity that will create a new dawn for the judiciary.”
After Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the Chief Justice is a “good person and a good judge”, Mr Rijiu said jokingly: “I agree with everything that has already been said in his honor. If I try to add or do anything now…it will lead to disaster.”
The justice minister also assured at the event that the government will try to help “by taking all appropriate measures”, while lawyers raised their complaints about financial problems during the pandemic.
“The Supreme Court and the Indian Judiciary have set an example for all other countries during the challenging pandemic period. Mr. Mishra (BCI Chairman MK Mishra) has informed us about problems of lawyers who do not have the protection of law firms. podium) that we will do everything we can for them. In the last cabinet meeting, we agreed to the renewal of the infrastructure of the lower courts. At once, we will create important infrastructure in the lower courts,” Rijiju assured.