New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that access to justice is the right of every citizen. The Prime Minister said this at the opening ceremony of Supreme Court’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Supreme Court’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations at the Supreme Court Theater in Delhi today (Sunday). The Prime Minister also launched citizen-centric information and technology initiatives including Digital Supreme Court Reports (DG SCR), Digital Courts 2.0 and the Supreme Court’s new website. Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said: Two days ago, the Constitution of India entered its 75th year. Congratulations and thank you to all of you who attended as the Supreme Court begins its 75th year today.
The framers of the Indian Constitution envisioned an independent India based on freedom, equality and justice. The Supreme Court continues to strive to uphold these principles. Be it freedom of expression, individual liberty or social justice, the Supreme Court has strengthened India’s vibrant democracy. The landmark judgments on individual rights and freedom of speech have given a new direction to the socio-political environment of the country.
Today’s economic policies will lay the foundation for tomorrow’s vibrant India. Laws enacted today will strengthen India’s bright future. Amid the changing landscape of global geopolitics, the eyes of the world are on India. Its trust continues to grow. It is imperative that we take advantage of all the opportunities that come our way. Simplification of life, ease of trade, travel, communication and facilitation of justice are priorities for the country. Easy access to justice is the right of every Indian citizen and its medium, the Supreme Court of India.
The entire judicial system of the country is governed and guided by the Supreme Court of India. Phase III of e-Court Project has been approved. The financial allocation for the third phase has been increased by four times that of the second phase. It is heartening that the Chief Justice of India himself is overseeing the digitization of all courts in the country. My best wishes for his efforts. The government is committed to improving the infrastructure of the courts. More than Rs 7,000 crore has already been disbursed since 2014 for this purpose. Expansion of Supreme Court Building Complex Rs. 800 crore was approved last week.
I am happy that through the Supreme Court’s digital initiatives launched today, the decisions of the Supreme Court will be made available in digital format and the project to translate the Supreme Court judgments into local languages has been initiated. I hope similar arrangements will be made in other courts of the country.
Today’s show is a perfect example of technology being helpful for easy justice. My text is translated into English in real-time with the help of artificial intelligence. It can also be heard through the Bashini app. Although some problems arise initially, it expands the boundaries of the technology’s application. Even in our courts, such technology can be implemented to make life easier for the common man. I have already commented that laws should be framed in simple language for better understanding of the people. We should adopt a similar approach in formulating court judgments and orders.
It is imperative that our laws reflect both Indian ethos and contemporary practices. It is imperative that Indian values and modernity are equal in our legal code. The government is actively working to modernize the laws in line with the current situation and best practices.
Abolition of outdated colonial penal laws, introduction of new laws like Bharatiya Nagrik Suraksha Samhita, Bharatiya Nyaya Samhita, Bharatiya Sakshaya Atinyam. With these changes, our law, police and investigative systems have entered a new era. Transition from old laws to new laws should be seamless, which is mandatory. In this regard, training and capacity building initiatives have been initiated for government officials to facilitate the transition.
A strong judicial system plays an important role as the foundation of a developed India. The government is constantly striving to create a credible legal framework. The enactment of the Jan Vishwas Bill is a step in its right direction, which will also reduce the number of pending cases and relieve undue pressure on the judiciary. Provisions for alternative settlement through conciliation have been introduced. This has particularly contributed to reducing the burden on the lower courts. All citizens have a collective responsibility to realize India’s dream of becoming a developed India by 2047. The Supreme Court will play a significant role in shaping the future of the country in the next 25 years,” said the Prime Minister.
In his speech, the Prime Minister mentioned the posthumous award of Padma Bhushan to Fatima Bhiwi and expressed pride at the opportunity. In this program, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Dr. T.Y. Chandrachud, Union Law and Justice Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, Supreme Court Justices Sanjiv Khanna, Justice Bhushan Ramakrishna Kavai, Attorney General of India R Venkataramani, Supreme Court Bar Association President Dr Adish C Aggarwal and Bar Council of India President Manan Kumar Mishra were present.