During a function celebrating 60 years of Gujarat High Court, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that the Supreme Court of India is world number one in hearing cases through video conferencing.
The statement was made when Modi was celebrating Diamond Jubilee of Gujarat High Court and released a commemorative postage stamp.
This virtual event was attended by Hon’ble Justice MR Shah of Supreme Court, Gujarat High Court Chief Justice Vikram Nath, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.
Mr Modi stated that virtual hearings had facilitated ease of justice and ease of living for Indian citizens and increased ease of doing business.
He further noted that the World Bank has also appreciated the National Judicial Data Grid in its report. NIC and the Supreme Court’s e committee were working together to benefit India.
Prime Minister Modi further observed that the Indian justice system had become a future system. The government is also in the process of using machine learning and AI in the judiciary system. He also stated that e-Seva Kendra has been opened to close the digital divide and has also reduced courts’ burden.
He also stated that Gujarat High Court was way ahead of its time and also that power of justice can be used to lead the country.
Chief Justice Vikram Nath delivered his speech in Hindi and stated that the High Court of Gujarat has always upheld its dignity and integrity and has never crossed the Lakshman Rekha.
Justice Shah stated that Gujarat High Court has consistently protected the fundamental rights of people.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad praised the commitment and independence of the judiciary.
Lastly, Mr Prasad noted that basic structure comprises independence of judiciary but also has separation powers.