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PM Modi fights for local languages ​​in court, CJI expresses concern over misuse of PILs

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On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pleaded for the use of local languages ​​in courts, saying it will increase ordinary citizens’ confidence in the justice system and make them feel more connected to it.

“We need to encourage local languages ​​in the courts. This will not only increase ordinary citizens’ confidence in the justice system, but they will feel more connected to it,” Modi told a joint conference of chief ministers. and chief justices of high courts.

The Prime Minister also called on Chief Ministers to repeal outdated laws to facilitate the administration of justice.

“In 2015, we identified about 1,800 laws that had become moot. Of these, 1,450 Center laws were abolished. But only 75 such laws were abolished by the states,” he said. he declares.

Prime Minister Modi said that as India celebrates the 75th anniversary of independence, the focus should be on creating a justice system where justice is easily accessible, quick and for all.

“In our country, while the role of the judiciary is that of guardian of the Constitution, the legislature represents the aspirations of the citizens. I believe that the confluence of the two will prepare the roadmap for an efficient and time-limited justice system in the country,” he said.

Speaking at the Joint Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts, Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana said on Saturday that the Constitution provides for the separation of powers between the three organs of state and that in carrying out his duties, ‘Lakshman Rekha’ should be kept in mind.

Speaking at the Joint Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts, Ramana said deliberate inaction by governments despite judicial pronouncements is not good for the health of democracy.

Expressing concern over the misuse of PILs, the CJI said it had now turned into “private interest litigation” and was being used to settle personal scores.

“The growing number of frivolous litigation is a matter of concern. For example, the well-intentioned concept of public interest litigation sometimes turns into self-interest litigation. However, it is sometimes misused to block projects or put pressure on public authorities.

“These days, the PIL has become a tool for those who want to settle political scores or corporate rivalries. Realizing the potential for abuse, courts are now being very careful in using the same,” said Ramana.

(With PTI inputs)