Unpolluted, speedy justice still a distant dream says Chief Justice TS Thakur

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New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Justice TS Thakur on Saturday said that "corresponding upgradation" of judiciary was a must to face the challenges of emerging social and economic scenario and observed that "unpolluted and speedy justice still remains a distant dream". 

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"Justice that was unpolluted and speedy still remains a distant dream for reasons need to be addressed,” the Chief Justice said while addressing the 23rd convocation of the Himachal Pradesh University. Pointing out the many challenges facing the country’s democratic setup and the role of the judiciary in the present scenario, he said, “When a country was making rapid strides in the field of development, corresponding up-gradation of Justice delivery system was required as well. 

Dispute resolution mechanism like arbitration and mediation shall have to play a greater role in times to come like in other many countries where mediation in civil matters was compulsory.”

Thakur also said that, apart from the Judiciary, “The Legislature and the Executive have formidable challenge of banishing poverty by preventing concentration of wealth in the hands of few while a sizeable section of our countrymen continues to suffer from all kind of deprivations.” 

“It was unfortunate that the number of poor keep increasing whereas the rich were flourishing adding that leave aside economic amelioration, the challenge of clean drinking water, basic minimum health care, education and finally a job for every able bodied person remain a daunting task for the legislature and the executive,” he added.

Referring to Himachal, Thakur said that it was a peaceful state inhabited by proud, handsome and respecting people, who had no communal riots, no disruptive or secessionist activities and no serious law and order problem ever since the state came into existence.

He then congratulated the students for excelling in academics and who had the honour of being decorated with degrees and gold medals. Thakur also expressed his gratitude to the Governor for honouring him with degree of Doctor of Laws-‘Honoris Causa’.

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