At a time when a resurgent judicial activism spearheaded by the Supreme Court is giving anxious moments to the ruling UPA, a judge who is part of the bench monitoring the 2G scam probe has said courts have now become "institutions of governance".
"Courts are widening their jurisdiction and are now functioning as institutions of governance and not merely as arbitrators of disputes," said Justice AK Ganguly speaking at the 10th Moot Court Competition organised by Amity University in the National Capital Region on Tuesday.
Justice Ganguly and Justice GS Singhvi are hearing the 2G case in the Supreme Court.
"Lawyers and judges are making news everyday. It may sometimes be for the wrong reasons, but people have started taking a lot of interest in what is happening in the courts," he added.
In recent months, intense judicial pressure has led to the resignation and arrest of former telecom minister A Raja and the unseating of Central Vigilance Commissioner PJ Thomas.
The government has also been at the receiving end of the apex court's strictures in several other cases, mostly public interest litigations, in recent times. These have severely embarrassed the government.
Calling this expansion of judicial jurisdiction a major "transformation", Justice Ganguly said this development should percolate into law studies and connect more with governance, which indirectly helps the development of the country.
"Now, law education is considered a part of the wider prospectus of governance. Unless you have good law students, you cannot have good law teachers, good lawyers and good judges. It is, in a way, connected with the rule of law", he said.