Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana on Saturday laid foundation stone for a nine-storey administrative block for the Madras High Court and also inaugurated the combined court buildings and judicial officers’ quarters for Namakkal and Villupuram districts.
He said that scientific innovation, especially Artificial Intelligence (AI), had the potential to solve the “certain barriers” regarding the introduction of local languages in respective High Courts in the country, which was sure to happen in “the near future”.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin inaugurated the newly established commercial courts for Chennai and distributed welfare benefits to the families of deceased advocates.
Justice Ramana said that “the Tamil people were always at the forefront of protecting the cultural and linguistic rights in the country.” He also referred to the anti-Hindi agitation which occurred in Tamil Nadu in 1960s.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin urged the Supreme Court collegium to ensure that the principle of social justice is followed in appointment of judges to the High Courts and Supreme Court.
“In the appointment of judges to the High Court and Supreme Court, the Honourable Collegium may kindly ensure that the principle of social justice along with other parameters for appointment is followed. In this way, I consider that the principle of inclusiveness would be ensured in higher judiciary.”
He also requested to use the official language of the state, Tamil be allowed to be used in the High Court of Madras.
“This is a long pending and important request of the people and legal community of the State. Already four states-Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh use their official languages in their respective High Courts.”
CJI said that strengthening judicial institutions has been his “top priority”, the judiciary had the duty of upholding and enforcing the constitutional values.
“During the last one year of my tenure as the Chief Minister of India, I have been highlighting various issues affecting our legal system. The biggest issues affecting all institutions nowadays, including the judiciary, is ensuring sustained faith in the eyes of the public. The judiciary is wrested with immense constitutional responsibility of maintaining the rule of law and checking legislative and executive excesses. We have the duty of upholding and enforcing the constitutional values, it is no doubt a heavy burden, but it is one that we have gladly chosen on the day we took oath. This is the reason why strengthening judicial institutions has been my top priority.”
CJI Ramana also went down the lane of memories when he used to visit the city as a child. He hailed Chennai as one of the cultural capitals of the country, with its rich traditions, art, architecture, dance, music and cinema deeply embedded in the lives of the people.
He added, “I remember witnessing massive protests on the language issue, though I was too young to understand the issue involved.”
Chief Minister Stalin requested to set up a bench of the Supreme Court in Chennai for the benefit of the state.
Vice Chairman, Bar Council of India, S Prabhakaran, Chairman of Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, PA Amalraj, Supreme Court judges Justice V. Ramasubramanian, Justice M.M. Sundresh, Chief Justice of Madras High Court Munishwar Nath Bhandari also attended the event.