‘Strong judicial system is the base for any democracy’

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Delay in rendering justice tantamount to denial of justice

Acting Chief Justice of Madras High Court Elipe Dharma Rao (second left) at the inauguration of the special court for land grab cases in Udhagamandalam on Saturday. —Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy
Acting Chief Justice of Madras High Court Elipe Dharma Rao (second left) at the inauguration of the special court for land grab cases in Udhagamandalam on Saturday. —Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

A strong judicial system is the base for any democracy, observed Acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court Elipe Dharma Rao here on Saturday.

He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating a special court for dealing with land grab cases, within the district court complex.

India being the largest democracy, millions of litigants knock on the doors of the courts, ‘the temples of justice’ in search of the ultimate remedy because the Judiciary is their last hope.

Pointing out that their fond hope is that only the courts can provide them justice, he said that any delay in rendering justice will tantamount to denial of justice.

The aim of opening a special court for land grab cases here was to render justice on time. However, Mr. Rao cautioned that early disposal of cases should not affect the quality of the disposal.

Adverting to the saying, ‘justice hurried is justice buried’, he said that disposal of cases just for the sake of disposal, without rendering quality justice, would lead to pendency of cases in appellate and revisional fora besides shattering the confidence of the litigants.

Stating that qualitative and quick disposal of cases would instil a higher degree of confidence in the justice rendering system in the minds of the litigants, he opined that it should be the motto of any judge. “I am of the strong view that until and unless there is a cordial relationship between the Bench and the Bar, we cannot deliver our best to the poor litigants,” Mr. Rao said. He complimented the bar in the Nilgiris for not giving room for any serious complaints against anybody.

Pointing out that the Nilgiris district judge also has not brought to his notice anything adverse about the Bar, he expressed the hope that the trend will continue and an example will be set for other districts to emulate.

He acknowledged the keen interest being taken by the Nilgiris district administration in the development of the judiciary.

Problems relating to shortage of judicial officers in the Nilgiris has come to end with the selection and appointment of new judicial officers.

Since complaints from victims of land grab was mounting, the government had during August 2011 sanctioned 25 special courts to exclusively conduct cases connected with alleged land grab.

Accordingly, courts have started functioning in Coimbatore, Erode, Ramnad, Theni, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli, Tirupur, Tiruvallur and the Nilgiris.

Steps are being taken to inaugurate as early as possible the special courts in the other districts. A labour court will come up in the Nilgiris soon.

The Nilgiris Collector Archana Patnaik said that the Nilgiris enjoyed the reputation of being a less-crime-prone district.

While land holdings are getting fragmented, the necessary changes are not being made in the revenue records.

Hence gullible people are being taken for a ride by unscrupulous persons. In dealing with such cases the Nilgiris Legal Services Authority is of significant help to the district administration.

The President, Nilgiri Bar Association, G. Anandan, said that the Nilgiris now has eight courts. The Subordinate Judge, R. Narayanaswamy, proposed a vote of thanks.




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