Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the government was the biggest litigant and there was a need to reduce the load on the judiciary, which spends maximum time tackling cases with the government as a party.
Addressing a function to celebrate the completion of 50 years of the Delhi high court here, Modi said, “The judiciary spends its maximum time on us. Us does not mean Modi, but the government”.
The Prime Minister said the load on the judiciary can be reduced if cases are filed after taking a considered view. He also pitched for an All India Judicial Service on the lines of Indian Administrative Service.
Giving the example of a case in which a teacher, who had moved court and won his case on point of law, Modi said the judgment in the teacher’s case should be used as a yardstick to extend the benefit to thousands of other similar pending cases to reduce litigation.
Of the over 27 million cases pending in various courts of the country, the government is a party in almost half of them.
Modi also called for training young people in law universities in drafting laws, which he said can “narrow down” scope of discrimination and interpretation. However, he said the scope cannot be reduced to zero.
He appreciated the role of the Bar and the bench in giving time for alternate dispute resolution and said this can also help reduce pendency of cases in courts.
Besides the Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur, Delhi high court Chief Justice G Rohini, Lt Governor Najib Jung and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal were also present at the function.