Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said pending court cases have become a challenge and there is a need for prompt attention to the lower courts. Rijiju said that the government will always try not only to ensure independence of the judiciary but also to support and strengthen it.
At a function organized by the Bar Council of India (BCI) to honor Chief Justice of India NV Raman, the Law Minister set an example during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic by hearing several cases and delivering important decisions. Appreciated the Supreme Court and the judiciary for this.
He said, ‘I want to say that people keep raising one issue and that is pendency of cases, which has become a challenge for all of us. We talk about pending cases in the Supreme Court and High Courts, but if you look closely, we really need to pay quick attention to the lower courts.’ He said that an innocent person gives up everything in the hope of justice.
The Law Minister said, ‘And if justice is delayed, it is a big question mark for all of us. So, we have to ensure that while talking about justice, the last man, the common man, is given priority.
Rijiju said that in the last cabinet meeting, the government took some important decisions for infrastructure creation, especially for the cooperation of the lower courts. In this, the construction of critical infrastructure of court rooms, lawyers’ halls, toilets, digital rooms and others was approved without any constraint.
He said that BCI’s proactive steps especially towards the advancement of legal education and legal profession are commendable and he would extend cooperation to the Bar Council in every possible way. “The government will always try not only to ensure the independence of the judiciary but will also extend support to strengthen the Indian judiciary,” he said.
He said that he would also take all necessary steps on the issues related to lawyers as highlighted by BCI President and Senior Advocate Manan Kumar Mishra during the function.