‘Lawyers should not take partisan view’


Sanjeev Nasiar, convener, Co-ordination Committee of All District Courts’ Bar Associations, talks to Nirnimesh Kumar on the agitation for reforms in the judiciary

Why did you have to take to the streets for your demand to enhance pecuniary jurisdiction?

It is very sad that we were forced to abstain from courts, sit on dharna and finally go on a relay fast for 12 days to persuade the government to carry out the necessary amendments to the law for increasing the lower courts’ power. One of the reasons is that lawyers do not have a lobby and the government lacks sensitivity to people’s causes.

To whom would you like to give the credit for passage of the Bill in Parliament?

First of all to the lawyers and all the leaders of the Co-ordination Committee who co-operated in building and maintaining the pressure on the government throughout the nine-month-long agitation. The government, particularly the Law Minister, Sadananda Gowda, and the Members of Parliament also deserve our thanks for it. We congratulate the lawyers, the Law Minister as well as the litigants who borne with us during the agitation for the changes in the law.

A section of the Delhi High Court Bar Association broke ranks and supported your demand while another section continued to oppose it till the end. What would you like to say?

It was very unfortunate. Lawyers should not take a partisan view on issues which aim at smoothening the justice delivery system for the litigant.

Who will benefit the most from the amendments?

Poor litigants will get the maximum relief because they will save on travel costs, lawyers’ fee and gain with improvement in the quality and pace of justice delivery. They will suffer no disadvantages in filing of cases. It will also strengthen their faith in the judiciary and more and more people will avail of this opportunity to get disputes settled through courts.

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