Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday expressed concern over “unpleasant” remarks being made on social media and other forums against judges. Also, he said that many people do not understand the life of a judge and the hard work that he puts in. He also said that the legislature and the judiciary are not fighting for jurisdiction and both of them are part of the team to make this country a strong democratic nation.
Speaking at the Legal Services Day function organized by the National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) at Sharda University, Noida, the minister said, “We know what a judge does but many people don’t understand the life of a judge. Some obnoxious comments are being made on social media and various forums, when you look closely at how much work the judges have to do, it will be difficult for people like us to understand.
“We are from public life, we are open. Judges cannot be open. It is not easy for them to come out of their traditional duty and give legal advice. Referring to the pendency of four crore cases in the lower courts, he said that the lower judiciary is the one place which needs maximum emphasis at this time.
Chief Justice NV Ramana, while delivering the keynote address, said that legal profession is not for increasing profits but for the service of the society. He said that students educated in law are empowered to become the voice of weaker and deprived sections of the society. Justice Ramana said, “Your decision to join the legal aid movement will pave the way for a great career. This will help inculcate in you a sense of empathy, understanding and being selfless. Remember, unlike other professions, the legal profession is not meant to increase profits, but to serve the society.
The Chief Justice said, “I am happy to see the personal inclination of our Law Minister towards the progress of the Legal Services Authorities.” The following will be taken care of with immediate intervention.
He said, “I am proud that he understands the hard work of the judges.” The CJI said, “I sincerely feel that you all are doubly privileged. Firstly, you have the privilege of being educated in premier institutions of the country, where information and knowledge is available at your fingertips. Second, by being educated in law, you are empowered to be the voice of those who have none.
The Law Minister said, “We know that many people do not get justice. It’s no one’s fault. It is not easy for common man to get justice due to circumstances and situation. A person has to sell the property to get justice, but he does not get the date. He said, “It is very sad that the common man is struggling to get justice. The gap between the common man and justice has to be bridged. NALSA has taken several steps. ”
The minister said, “Fundamental rights cannot be compromised. Protection of fundamental rights alone does not make a country great. Rather it becomes great when everyone understands constitutional rights as well as constitutional duties and obligations. ”
Justice U U Lalit, Supreme Court judge and working president of NALSA, said that it is the constitutional right of every citizen to get free legal aid. Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court Rajesh Bindal, Chief Justice of Chhattisgarh High Court AK Goswami and others also participated in the program.