In an observation likely to please the votaries of judicial restraint, Chief Justice of India G Balakrishnan on Saturday said that the three organs of the State -- legislature, executive and judiciary -- should work together for betterment of the people.
Justice Balakrishnan, who took over as CJI on January 14 last, made the observation in response to a question during his visit to the Parliament Museum and the Central Hall of Parliament along with seven other Supreme Court judges and their family members.
Escorted by Lok Sabha Secretary General PDT Achari, the CJI and Justices BP Singh, HK Sema, K Mathur, PK Balasubramanyan, RV Raveendran, Markandey Katju and B Sudershan Reddy, also visited the Princess Chamber from where the Supreme Court operated between 1952 and 1956 before being finally shifted to the present building.
After going around the museum depicting India’s freedom struggle and its successful experiment with multi-party democracy, he wrote in the Visitors' Book that "the museum is wonderful and the story of freedom struggle depicted beautifully would thrill every Indian. I hope this museum would still expand and be still more colourful".
The Judges also saw the portraits of the Parliament Attack Case martyrs. Asked if it was ‘justice delayed, justice denied’ for the martyrs’ families in Parliament attack case as prime convict Afzal had not been executed, the CJI refused to comment on it.
In an apparent reference to Afzal’s mercy petition pending before the President, he said, "I won't comment. It is pending."