New Delhi, Jul 1, (ILNS) We need now to rebuild and recreate a tradition of civic professionalism. We need a professional ideology about social responsibility. I would urge both young and senior counsels to extend a helping hand to those in need of justice, Chief Justice NV Ramana said.
Extending ease of access to justice is no less a social justice. Let economy, gender, class or caste never be a hindrance in the path to secure justice. Undoubtedly, reverence for the “Rule of Law” is our best hope for survival as a free society. In order to advance the “Rule of Law” we primarily need to create a society where “Rule of Law” is respected and cherished. Only when the citizens believe that they have fair and equal access to justice, can we have sustainable, just, inclusive and peaceful societies. Citizens can strengthen the “Rule of Law” by being knowledgeable about it and by applying it to their daily conduct and pushing for justice when needed.
The CJI was speaking on the topic of Rule of Law during the 17th Justice PD Desai Memorial Lecture organized through online mode on Wednesday. Speaking on the role of lawyers in upholding the “Rule of Law”, the CJI said, their role is very important. It demands expertise, experience and commitment. Lawyers have an obligation to perform their duties with integrity and diligence, with full respect for the Court, opposing counsel, clients, victims, witnesses and persons involved in proceedings. We need social-virtue rather than economically self-interested behavior, the CJI emphasized.
Reminding the lawyers of the rich tradition of social activism demonstrated by a number of lawyers who participated in the Indian freedom struggle, the CJI said, this civic virtue stems from their having had a public-minded clientele.Let economy, gender, class or caste never be a hindrance in the path to secure justice.
Quoting in Telugu, Maha Kavi Gurajada Appa Rao, a great poet and reformist of 19th / 20th Century who gave a universal definition to the concept of nation who said “a nation is
not merely a territory. A nation is essentially its people. Only when its people progress, the Nation progresses”.
You are the stewards of this nation and custodians of a very rich tradition. I hope that you contribute by way of giving back something to this society, to this great nation which has bestowed you with so many privileges. The work of ensuring complete justice as aspired to, under the Constitution can never be said to be completed.
The mandate of our Constitution is to work tirelessly to surpass our own expectations, to
make India a country wherein rights are cherished, and which sets an example for other countries to follow, Justice Ramana said/ ILNS/SNG