In Presence Of PM & CMs, CJI Reminds Executive Of ‘Lakshman Rekha’

The Constitution provides separation of power among the three organs of the state, and one should be mindful of the ‘Lakshman Rekha’ while discharging their duty, said Chief Justice of India (CJI) N V Ramana on Saturday. The CJI was speaking at the Joint Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning.

“Constitution provides separation of power among three organs and the harmonious function between three organs strengthens democracy. While discharging our duty, we should be mindful of Lakshman Rekha,” the CJI said. 

CJI Ramana also flagged his concern over the misuse of Public Interest Litigations (PIL).

CJI Ramana said PILs have now turned into “Personal Interest Litigation” and are used to settle personal scores, adding that courts are now highly cautious in entertaining the same.

Deliberate inaction by governments despite judicial pronouncements is not good for the health of democracy, the Chief Justice highlighted in the presence of Prime Minister and Chief Ministers. 

CJI Ramana also highlighted the need for use of local languages in courts. 

Echoing the CJI’s view, PM Modi, while addressing the event, underlined the need to introduce local languages in the courts.

“We need to encourage local languages in courts. This will not only increase the confidence of common citizens in the justice system but they will feel more connected to it,” the Prime Minister said. 

PM Modi also requested the Chief Ministers to repeal outdated laws to make the delivery of justice easier.

“In 2015, we identified about 1,800 laws which had become irrelevant. Out of these, 1,450 such laws of the Centre were abolished. But, only 75 such laws have been abolished by the states,” PM Modi said. 

PM Modi also stressed the need for a digital judicial system which can empower citizens.

“To strengthen citizens, technology has become an important tool. Likewise, our judicial infrastructure needs to be digitalised too. Tech-friendly human resources play an important role in integrating Digital India with the nation’s growth story,” PM Modi said. 

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