03-SEP-2019: Justice delivery system has to be quick: KG Balakrishnan
Two-day national seminar begins at Department of Political Science
Aligarh, September 3: "Justice delivery system has to be quick so that common people get justice on time. Large number of cases are pending in session courts and High Courts, due to which we find that 67.5 percent prisoners languishing in our jails are undertrials", said Hon?ble Mr K G Balakrishnan, former Chief Justice of India, while delivering the keynote address during the inaugural function of the two-day National Seminar on 'Towards a Just-India: Challenges and Prospects', today at the University Polytechnic auditorium.
Mr Balakrishnan emphasised that the trial of a case should begin within two years so that common man is satisfied with the system.
Pointing out that this phenomenon of large number of undertrials languishing in jails is unique to India he said that speedy trial will save the common man from the onslaught of criminals.
"Civil cases also take long time which is detrimental to the rights of the people and fate of the families" lamented the former Chief Justice.
Advocating for an effective mechanism to speed up the justice delivery system, Mr Balakrishnan said that vacancies in judiciary should be filled on priority basis.
The former Chief Justice of India said that Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was a great visionary who changed the destiny of millions of people by establishing Mohammedan Anglo-Oriental (MAO) College. "Syed Ahmad was a great social reformer who in the times of great upheaval and political change became the torchbearer and took pains to guide the community" he said.
He exhorted the students to dream big, work hard and avail the opportunities available the new changing world, where India has a bright future.
In his presidential remarks Prof Anand Kumar said it is an irony that today idea of justice is pitted against the idea of progress. "Progress cannot be achieved without freedom and justice, we as a state failed to create an organic system of justice", Prof Kumar said.
"We are moving towards a dangerous nexus between money-power and state-power" he added. Delineating the current politico-bureaucratic order Prof Anand Kumar emphasised on the need for an enlightened media, safeguarding of democratic institutions and protecting the rights of the poor and the marginalised.
Earlier, Prof Nigar Zuberi (Chairperson, Department of Political Science and coordinator of the seminar) in her welcome address introduced the keynote speaker and other guests.
Prof Asmer Beg conducted the proceedings, while Prof A P Vijapur proposed the vote of thanks.
The inaugural session was followed by a panel discussion, in which Prof Gurpreet Mahajan (JNU), Prof Anand Kumar (Rtd from JNU), Prof Zoya Hasan (JNU), Prof Sanjeev Kumar HM (University of Delhi), and Prof Asmer Beg (Department of Political Science, AMU) deliberated on 'Institutional and Policy Imperatives of Social Justice in India'.
Prof Zoya Hasan made critical reflections on Plurality and Secularism as twin principles of justice. Prof Gurpreet Mahajan emphasised on the diversity in a multicultural society like India as the defining feature of justice.
Prof Anand Kumar articulated justice as 4R-Recognition, Representation, Redistribution and Reform. Prof Sanjeev Kumar HM deconstructed the false binary between development and justice in the era of post--truth.
The discussion was moderated by Prof Asmer Beg while Convener of the seminar, Dr Khurram informed that the two day seminar sponsored by Indian Council of Social Science Research is being organised by the Department of Political Science, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
Post-lunch was a technical session where participants from across the country presented their papers.
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Related PicturesProf Anand Kumar giving presidential remarks in the seminar
Prof Asmer Beg addressing the inaugural session of the seminar
Prof Nigar Zuberi Chairperson Department of Political Science delivering welcome address