Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
PM Narendra Modi opines that our judiciary should function courageously. They should not hesitate to give the right verdict against top rated, five star activist. They must carry out their noble duties following the constitution and laws. Narendra Modi said that nowadays judges are afraid to give the verdict impartial. He expressed his opinion at a meeting of Chief Ministers, the judges of the High Courts and judges of the Supreme Court. Sri Modi also said that the judiciary should develop self-assessment.
Narendra Modi thinks that the judiciary should take each legal case seriously and act fearlessly. He regrets the decline in the strict nature of our country’s legal system. We need a strong judiciary. Mr. H.L. Dattu, the Chief Justice of India, said that the judges were brave and made them aware of the idea that perceptions should be distinguished from facts. The judges provide justice following the Indian constitution, but there are inconsistencies between the actions of the activists and facts.
Sri Narendra Modi remarked on the Indian judicial system when two judges, Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya and N.V. Ramana, instructed the police of Gujarat not to arrest the activist Teesta Setalvad. Ms. Setalvad was accused of embezzlement of funds meant for the victims of the riot. She used the money to purchase luxury items for personal use, and to pay her credit card bills. She had appealed for anticipatory bail and was therefore not arrested. In return, for the favor of instructing Gujarat’s police not to arrest her, Teesta’s lawyer tried to have those two judges replaced. The special investigative team of Supreme Court had cleared the controversial issue.
The legislature and executive of the government had requested for checks and balance. Our PM wants the judiciary to act wisely in critical situations, in order for the media not to criticize them. There are issues like the Election commission, Lokpal, and RTI and we have to work correctly and stay on the right path.
PM Modi said that the judges did not draw any benefit from criticism. Common people, not having been brainwashed, respect the judiciary, there has been an evolution of faith—even form those sentenced to death—in it. The system needs to be developed, to create the positive impression, to be more like its former self.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) April 5, 2015
According to Sri Modi, the judiciary should check the influence of top activists. The justice should be served by impartially following the law and Constitution. Sometimes the judge finds it difficult to see the truth between reality and perception. We should think about the role of activists in the judiciary. The activists might ruin the judiciary system. We should stay away from such practice. The judge has to consider the reactions of the outsiders. He may modify his judgment in some other way. Narendra Modi thinks that we should make the judiciary stronger. The government service holders, media, as well as activists, must help the judiciary to carry out impartial judgment.
To illustrate his viewpoint, Sri Modi said that a High Court had a severe shortage of electricity due to an activist tapping power from an electric pole. He wants inbuilt checks. The faults of government can be corrected in the forums. The forum is an Indian judiciary system.
It is tough to set up a system. The PM thinks there is a decline in the system, due to the lack of the proper network. There should be strength in the judiciary system.
The feedback of the judiciary is not taken into consideration. Sri Modi remarked that politicians were watched. It is the politician who frames laws in parliament.
The prime minister appreciates scrutiny from his community. There are leaders who create institutions for keeping us under one roof. The freedom of the Election Commission and RTI hold us together. The PM expects that Lokpal will bind them and it is quite necessary.
Sri Modi shared about the poor performance of tribunals in India. They are 100 in number. The retired judges run these tribunals. PM requested the judges to check the effectiveness of tribunals. He asked them to take a decision about the reduction of tribunals.
Sri Modi thinks that we have to review their performance. We should not allow anybody to the hinder the progress of the country. He wants improvement in the administration system.
We need to create good drafts for legislations. There should be minimum side effects. This will stop the Indian courts nullifying their decisions. The future interpretation of statutes should be controlled. Narendra Modi thinks we must remove all the obsolete laws from our judiciary.
A strong judiciary system is a matter of trust and faith of the people. If common citizens start respecting judiciary, then there is very little scope of the increase in crime rate. The impression of the Indian judiciary system is not so strong on the people. It is one more ground, where the government has to enter and make changes. It’s been 67 years of Independence in India and there is a huge change in a way of living and system in India, there is definitely a need of time, to bring out changes in obsolete laws. Narendra Modi is one such far sighted leader, who has seen the loop hole and we can expect him working on it in near future.