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V-P urges gov, judiciary to ensure faster and affordable justice

New Delhi: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday expressed concern over the mounting pendency of cases from the Supreme Court to the lower courts and urged the government and the judiciary to ensure faster justice by addressing the issue.

Citing adjournment of cases over long periods, he observed that justice was becoming costly and referred to the well-known proverb “justice denied is justice delayed”.

Addressing through virtual mode the platinum jubilee meet of Dr B R Ambedkar College of Law, Andhra University on its 76th Foundation Day, he underscored the need to make delivery of justice speedier and affordable.

Asking the law students to be the voice of the voiceless and to use their legal knowledge to empower the marginalised people, he advised them to take up legal aid for the poor as a commitment. He also told the budding lawyers to nurture professionalism and ethical conduct, while being fearless and fair when it comes to discharging their duties, an official release here said.

“Fight injustice wherever it exists and in whichever manner it is perpetuated,” he told them.
The Vice President said Public Interest Litigations (PILs) should not become private interest litigations for personal, pecuniary and political interests. There was nothing wrong if it was for a larger public cause, he stressed.

Observing that lawyers are capable of bringing about great social transformation, the Vice-President said that as a society evolves, so must its laws. “We must constantly introspect and scrutinise our laws from the prism of justice, fairness, equity, compassion and humanity and must continually reform and update our laws, rules and regulations,” he said.

Laws which do not find a place in a progressive society must be repealed without prejudice and without delay, while modifying others to suit the times.

On the need to avoid ambiguity while drafting laws, the Vice-President said laws should be simple and uncomplicated. The focus should not only be on the letter but also on the spirit of and the intent behind the laws.
“The intent and purpose of the law must be very clear,” he added.

He asked young students to look upon legal profession as a mission and always be ready to be of service to the most powerless and helpless of the citizens.

Advising students to remain life-long learners and understand the nuances of the democratic system and the functioning of its institutions and processes, Mr Naidu stressed the need to make policies that were not only legally sound but also morally righteous and socially just.

Justice T Rajani and Justice Battu Devanand, Judges of the Andhra Pradesh High Court, Prof P V G D Prasada Reddy, Vice Chancellor, Andhra University, Prof S Sumitra, Principal, Dr B R Ambedkar College of Law and others were present on the occasion.

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