March 9: Delivering Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Lecture on "Effectiveness and Limitations of the Judicial System at the Department of Law, Aligarh Muslim University, Mr. Gopal Subramanium, Former Solicitor and Attorney General of India said, "The judicial system in India has failed to deliver justice to the litigants. It is increasingly losing its effectiveness and is limited both by internal and external factors".
Mr. Subramanium is also a former Chairman, Bar Council of India. He emphasized that the government should identify and address each of the constituent units of the judicial system and work upon each of them simultaneously.
He was of the view that absence of an effective judicial system hindered the exercise of rights and freedom and its presence was necessary for maintaining the rule of law.
He stated that backlog, delay and inefficient judicial system, eroded public trust and confidence in legal institutions and eventually weaned faith in the rule of law. It is shocking that the very reasons for which tribunalisation of had been restored today are plaguing even the tribunals. There was profound delay, inefficiency and backlog even at the tribunals. Thus, clearly, there was something inherently wrong with the judicial system which had not been appropriately diagnosed by the government, he added.
Referring to the verses from Holy Quran, he said, "We must remind ourselves that the act of judging is a divine virtue". He further said that there is a beautiful phrase in the Verse 135 of Surah Al-Nisa of Holy Quran that articulates the principles of constitutional morality and concept of justice.
He said that he was aware of the contribution of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan in the field of promotion of higher education. He paid rich tributes to the founder of this institution, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and his illustrious son, Justice Mohammad Mahmood who was a great scholar of Indian justice system.
Mr. Subramanium said that as an Attorney General he studies the case for the Minority Character and assured the University community that he would plead the case before Supreme Court if the University wished.
In his presidential remarks, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah said that Aligarh's brand name is linked with the Faculty of Law and it would continue to provide good lawyers and judges to the country.
He said that AMU had a long history of judicial services and the great University was founded by Sir Syed Ahmad Khan and established by the Muslims. He urged the legal experts to pursue AMU's minority character before the Supreme Court to restore its historical character.
Gen. Shah said that he was also involved in Armed Forces Tribunal and said that judges are also human being and they have some prejudices.
On this occasion, Prof. M. Shabbir, Chairman, Department of Law said that Dr. Ambedkar Chair of Legal Studies and Research was set up in AMU in order to bring out meaningful outcome suggesting remedial measures and facilitating the relevant organizations to adopt these measures for the formulation of meaningful policies and programmes adopted by various agencies of the government.
He said that an effective judicial system itself is a condition that is required for growth of constitutional morality ' a concept that was seeded by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar.
Prof. Iqbal Khan said that the prime object of setting up of a chair is to provide necessary facilities to undertake studies and researches by intellectuals, academicians, scholars, researchers and students to analyze and disseminate ideas, ideologies, thoughts and missions of Dr. Ambedkar.
He said that the creation of Dr. Ambedkar Chair at AMU is a matter of honour and distinction, which this University rightly deserved for its matchless contributions in the field of legal study and research.
Prof. Saleem Akhtar, Dean, Faculty of Law proposed a vote of thanks.
On this occasion, Mr. Subramanium released a journal "Quest for Justice" published by Dr. Ambedkar Chair of Legal Studies and Research.
Dr. Mohd. Zafar Mahfooz Nomani and Dr. Shakeel Ahmad Samdani also addressed the function.
Related PicturesA scene of audience at the Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Lecture