Justice M R Shah on Saturday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “our most popular, loved, vibrant and visionary leader”.
During a function to celebrate the diamond jubilee of the Gujarat High Court, Supreme Court justice MR Shah on Saturday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “our most popular, loved, vibrant and visionary leader”.
“I am proud and privileged to participate in the function to celebrate diamond jubilee of Gujarat High Court and that too in the presence of our most popular, loved, vibrant and visionary leader, prime minister Narendra Modi,” Shah said in his address. “One of the essential features of the democratic republic established under the Indian Constitution is division of powers between Parliament, executive, and the judiciary,” Justice Shah added.
Justice Shah said he felt proud that the Gujarat High Court has never crossedthe “Lakshman Rekha” (boundaries of power/code of conduct) and always delivered justice. In a similar instance last year, Justice Arun Mishra’s fulsome praise for prime minister Modi at an event had raised eyebrows. Justice Mishra, who’s retired now, had described Modi as “internationally acclaimed visionary”.
Justice Shah, in his address on Saturday, also said the Gujarat high court was his “karmbhoomi” where he practiced as a lawyer for 22 years and served as a judge for 14 years. Prime minister Modi released a commemorative stamp at the function.
PM Modi, addressing the event through video conferencing, hailed India’s judiciary as an institution that has always, as its duty, stood for people’s rights and prioritised national interest. He also sought to connect the country’s civilisational roots in the rule of law and his own government’s oft-repeated mantra of “good governance”.
PM Modi said: “Our judiciary has always interpreted the Constitution positively and creatively to strengthen it further. Be it safeguarding the rights of people of the country or when any situation arose where national interest needed to be prioritised, the judiciary has always performed its duty.”
“Rule of law in Indian society has been the basis of civilization for centuries. Our ancient texts say the root of good governance lies in providing justice. Bar and judiciary should work towards building the world-class Judicious System in the country,” PM Modi added.
Congratulating the Gujarat High Court for “always working towards securing truth and justice in the country”, the Prime Minister said the duty and devotion with which it “has acted for justice” has strengthened the judicial system and democracy.
The Gujarat HC was established on May 1, 1950.