The outgoing Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur once again expressed concern over the lack of judges on Tuesday amidst increasing pendency of cases and asked the judiciary to be prepared for future challenges and ensure that the country remains an “inclusive society”.
Justice Thakur, who served for almost a year as the 43rd CJI, dealt with a range of issues in his farewell address in the apex court premises and said there are as many as three crore cases pending cases in courts across the country and the issue has to be tackled efficiently given the paucity of judges.
“The present has great challenges. We have three crore cases. We have problems of infrastructure. We have problems of judge strength being low... But please remember, we will have greater challenges in the future and that is what we have to be prepared for,” he said. Dealing with the emerging areas of litigations, the CJI said, “You will have very, very serious issues coming up in times not very far from now. You will have issues regarding cyber laws, medico-legal cases, genetics and privacy etc. You will have issues of making India an inclusive society.”
He underlined resurgence of India as an economic power, but said the nation cannot progress “unless judiciary also gets ready to handle the challenges that the development and progress bring with them”. Addressing the farewell function organised by Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), he said there should not be a race among the lawyers for becoming a judge or a senior counsel while suggesting that these designations should come “uninvited”.
“We have seen the race for becoming a judge, efforts tobecome a judge and very recently the race for becoming asenior advocate. I have always felt that these distinctionsshould come to you uninvited. You must not invite them youmust not ask for them. You must be considered deserving andsuitable for such a distinction,” he said.