The Chief Justice of India- designate, Justice Tirath Singh Thakur said that there is a need to ensure that rule of law prevails in the country so that foreign investors have a confidence before making investment in the country. It is time when world is eying towards India and is trying explore avenues for investment. For this judiciary and executive have their own role to play. He said this while denying that there was any conflict between Executive and Judiciary. Justice Thakur said that it is only matter of check and balances.
Justice Thakur was interacting with media persons after inagurating the newly constructed administrative building of Haryana State Legal Services Authority (HSLSA) in Panchkula. A beautifully constructed building was well appreciated by the Justice Thakur. He commended the role of, Justice S K Mittal, the Executive Chairman of HSLSA, for making efforts for construction of a well designed buinlding, keeping in view the future requirement.
Admitting that there was a need to take steps to bring down the pendency in various courts, Justice Thakur said that there were about 400 posts of judges vacant in various courts and at some places even the posts in lower judiciary were vacant. Once the collegium system back in place, efforts would be made to fill the vacant posts at the earliest, he said.
The judges would also be inspired for the faster disposal of cases, said Justice Thakur, furthering adding that role of the bar members was also important for the early disposal, Justice Thakur said.
Earlier addressing the high court and lower court judges, staff members, advocates and others in the gathering, Justice Thakur said that any institution is respected for the working of the people working there. Therefore the people associated with the HSLSA had a greater responsibility of reaching upto people who need support of the legal services authority.
Justice S J Vazifdar, the Acting Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court informed about the newly constructed Judicial Archives Building for keeping centralised judicial record that was started on an initiative of Justice T S Thakur, during the period when he was chief justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court. The building in Industrial Area phase II of Chandigarh was also inaugurated by Justice T S Thakur today.
Justice T S Thakur said that he was contented that the new digitalised record building had been completed. He said that with this modern technology, four crore documents had been scanned an d digitalised. Talking about the need of such system, he told that earlier in high court building, not only huge space was occupied for keeping the record but also it caused adverse affect on health of the staff members who worked there. There were instance when some staff members even suffered from diseases like cancer due to it.
Justice S K Mittal gave details about eco friendly building of HSLSA, constructed at a cost of Rs. 8.30 crores. He also gave details about the activities of HSLSA.
Justice R N Raina, Administrative Judge, Panchkula Session Division, presented vote of thanks.