Indian PM asks judiciary institutions to work in harmony with executive government

11:06, May 09, 2010      

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday said that the legislature, executive and judiciary should work in harmony to maximize public good and not exceed their respective powers specified in the Constitution.

"It is assumed that none of the organs of the state, whether it is the judiciary or the executive or the legislature, would exceed its powers as laid down in the Constitution," Singh said here at a function to mark the Golden Jubilee of the Bar Association of India (BAI).

"Even though their jurisdiction may be separated and demarcated, it is expected that all institutions would work in harmony and in tandem to maximize the public good," he stated.

The prime minister said that lawyers are an integral part of India's system of administration of justice.

"The role of lawyers is not confined to courts alone or advising the clients in business deals. It extends to being an integral part of our system of administration of justice -- and justice is not just in the legal sense, but justice -- social, economic and political - as set out in the preamble of our Constitution," he said.

Singh said the doctrine of "separation of powers" was acknowledged as one of the salient features of the Constitution.

"It is commonly agreed that all the three organs of the state, namely the Legislature, the Judiciary and the Executive, are bound by and subject to provisions of the Constitution, which demarcates their respective powers, jurisdictions, responsibilities and relationship with one another," he said.

Singh also called for joint efforts by the government, the judiciary and lawyers to check the rising cost of litigation.

"It has been said that justice delayed is justice denied. It is important that concerted cooperative efforts are made by the government, the judiciary and the bar association to deal with the mounting arrears in our courts and the growing cost of litigation, " he said.

Source: Xinhua


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