Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Rule of Law and the purpose of Court

In an interview with Shekhar Gupta the eminent liberal lawyer Fali S Nariman said something which is alarming to legal community in India and their commitment towards rule of law the whole that operate in any country at the expense of tax payer’s money.

Shekhar Gupta: How do you reduce the workload on them?

Fali S Nariman: Very difficult. Because we entertain everything and I don’t blame them. Today the greatest problem with our courts, High Courts particularly, is the problem of caste. Because if you are such a such caste lawyer before such a such caste judge, you will either lose or win depending upon your caste.

Shekhar Gupta: Because they gave the political class a handle.

Fali S Nariman: Yes, they said you wanted us to do it. Quite frankly the law minister looked, if I may say so without meaning nay disrespect, a bit foolish when he had to withdraw the bill about protecting judges. All parties across the board said ‘No,no. No exemption for anybody. Let them disclose then we will see how it is to be done’. Infact, I think we have today the need of a judicial ombudsman, a judicial ombudsman, above the Chief Justice. Yes, maybe, above the Chief Justice.

Conclusion is yours!!

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