For the Justice System to be more effective it must remain ‘uncontaminated from interference’, says Justice Ranjan Gogoi

Team SoOLEGAL 13 Jul 2018 11:00am

For the Justice System to be more effective it must remain ‘uncontaminated from interference’, says Justice Ranjan Gogoi

The judiciary has done its bit to uphold the Constitutional vision (the Vision of Justice), by delivering successful verdicts not just once but multiple times. But the success of the verdicts has not really made a difference on the ground, where it is a “descent into chaos” with messengers getting sued, shot, or simply refusing to deliver the message out of fear, justice Ranjan Gogoi said on Thursday.

To become more effective it is important for the justice system to remain “uncontaminated from interference”, said Gogoi, who was delivering the third Ramnath Goenka Lecture at Nehru Auditorium, Teen Murti Bhavan, New Delhi.

 “The judiciary today is not a poor workman who blames his tools, but it is a workman with no tools”, Justice Gogoi said while addressing the challenges that the judiciary has been facing in terms of case pendency, mass arrears and judges strength. He then said that such challenges create a pressing need for exploring the limits of “legal services mechanism”.

He said that there are several other challenges as well that the judiciary is facing. Justice Gogoi was the among the four judges who went public in January with their grievances over how the Supreme Court of India is being run and how cases are being allocated. However, Justice Gogoi didn’t discuss anything about that press conference and said the judiciary will have to stay independent.

During his speech, Justice Gogoi also discussed about several sterling judgements of the Supreme Court. One verdict he talked about was the top’s court ruling in Bijoe Emmanuel v. State of Kerala case, wherein the court had observed that “the real test of democracy is the ability of an insignificant minority to find its existence in the country….our tradition teaches tolerance; our philosophy preaches tolerance; our constitution practices tolerance; let us not dilute it.”

Proceeding further, Justice Gogoi discussed about a quote published in an Indian Express Article that stated, “Independent journalists and noisy judges”. However, he modified the quote and said, “But sometimes, we need independents journalists and noisy judges”.

Gogoi, then ended his speech with strong words on judicial independence. He said that, “If judiciary wishes to preserve its independence, it must remain uncontaminated from interference”.

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