President Pranab Mukherjee has urged the judiciary to temper its activism lest it disturb the principle of separation of power enshrined in the Constitution.
“Judicial activism should not lead to erosion of Constitutional principles of separation of powers. The only check on judiciary is self restraint,” Mukherjee said on Saturday during his valedictory address on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Madras high court.
“Selection and appointment of judges should conform to the highest standards,” the President said. “The credibility of judiciary will depend on the quality of judges.”
Commending the independent and impartial judiciary, Mukherjee said that independence must be preserved at all costs.
“Justice must be quick and accessible to all,” he added. Welcoming new initiatives like the national mission of justice delivery and the proposed All India Judicial Service, the President said alternative justice redressal systems ought to be encouraged.
Earlier, Union law minister Salman Khurshid said he hoped the judicial delivery system would improve through dialogue between the judiciary and the legislature. “We hope the quality of service to the common man would improve,” the minister said.
Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa outlined the giant strides the judiciary and legal luminaries have made in Tamil Nadu and the periodic help provided by the state government to build physical and human infrastructure to strengthen the judiciary.