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Use video conferencing instead of summons to save time, Modi urges courts

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said technology could have a big scope in the judiciary, and urged peoplein the start-up sector to innovate on aspects where technology can help the judiciary.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2017 17:57 IST
Jitendra Sarin
Jitendra Sarin
Hindustan Times, Allahabad
Narendra Modi,Allahabad High Court,Sesquicentennial Celebrations
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Sesquicentennial Celebrations of the Allahabad high court on Sunday.(PTI)

Stressing the importance of information technology and communication in changing times, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that courts could use video conferencing to communicate with government officials instead of summoning them to appear in court, saving time and money.

Technology could have big scope in the judiciary as well, he said: “I urge those involved with the start up sector to innovate on aspects where technology can help the judiciary”.

The Prime Minister was speaking at closing ceremony of the sesquicentennial celebrations of Allahabad High Court. “Earlier, advocates after going through a file had to search for relevant judgments for hours but now one can find it on the Internet in a matter of minutes. Video conferencing facility in jails will also save a lot of time and money,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Justice of India JS Khehar light the ceremonial lamp at the closing ceremony of the Sesquicentennial Celebrations of the Allahabad high court on Sunday. (PTI)

“Law is for all and not just for the rich. My government will ensure justice for all,” he said, adding “Allahabad High Court is like a ‘Tirtha Kshetra’ for our judiciary.”

While recalling Mahatma Gandhi ‘s philosophy that every decision must benefit the weakest section of the society, Modi said his government had in the past three years scrapped almost 1,200 obsolete British-era laws.


Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath indicated that there is a need for a separate bench of Allahabad High Court for litigants of far flung areas of state, in view of the immense difficulties they face to travel to court, adding that the chief justice of the Allahabad High Court, who was also present, could make the necessary proposal.

”No one is above law, even a ruler is under law and he has to work according to law,” the chief minister said.

Special guest of honor, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Jagdish Singh Khehar said he would tell his ”Dil Ki Baat” on the lines of the Prime Minister’s “Mann Ki Baat.” If every judge works for just five days in the summer vacation, he will be able to resolve more than 100 cases, Justice Khehar said, adding if all the judges sit for only five days in vacation, thousands of cases could be sorted out.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, UP Governor Ram Naik and CM Yogi Adityanath at the Sesquicentennial Celebrations of Allahabad high court on Sunday. (PTI)

The CJI, who has set up three constitution benches to hear important matters including triple talaq cases during the summer vacation, also dwelt upon his plan to digitise the Supreme Court in 200 days and turn the judicial process paperless.

Guest of honour Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that in cooperation with the CJI, the government would expedite the appointment of judges, while stressing the government’s commitment towards independence of the judiciary.

He said that in order to reduce pendency of cases, he has written to all state government to reduce government litigation.

PM Narendra Modi, Chief Justice of India JS Khehar, UP Governor Ram Naik and CM Yogi Adityanath release a souvenir at the Sesquicentennial Celebrations of the Allahabad high court on Sunday. (PTI)

Justice Dipak Misra, senior judge of Supreme Court, who was guest of honour, said every member of the Bar is expected to be diligent. He said Allahabad has been a centre of law and would continue to be flag-bearer of independence of judiciary.

Welcoming the guests, chief justice of Allahabad High Court DB Bhosale said the court would strive to not only maintain the honour of the institution but also enhance it.

A memento was presented to the Prime Minister by Justice Bhosale, while the PM also released a souvenir containing the history of Allahabad High Court.

The Governor of UP Ram Naik released a news letter of Allahabad High Court on the occasion. Besides, a book -- “Development of Law” containing leading cases of Allahabad High Court -- was released by the CJI.

Justice Dipak Misra released a silver coin of the sesquicentennial celebration, while law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad released a special type of envelope prepared by the Postal Department.

Justice Tarun Agarwal, chairman of the sesquicentennial committee, proposed the vote of thanks.

Prominent among those present on the dias included senior judge of high court VK Shukla, deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, state law minister Brijesh Pathak, president of Allahabad High Court Bar Association Anil Tiwari and president of Advocates’ Association BP Singh.

The Allahabad high court completed 150 years of existence in March 2016. To mark these occasions, a year-long programme commemorating the sesquicentennial celebrations commenced on March 13, 2016, with the inaugural ceremony being graced by President Pranab Mukherjee.

The inaugural ceremony was also attended by the then Chief Justice of India, Governor Ram Naik, the then chief minister, the then Union law minister and several other dignitaries.

First Published: Apr 02, 2017 18:47 IST