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75 years of Gauhati H.C.
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 31 (NPN):
Published on 1 Apr. 2009 12:24 AM IST
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Governor K Sankaranarayanan Tuesday said that the Gauhati High Court occupied a unique position among all the High Courts of the country, having a territorial jurisdiction over the entire Northeast and called upon it to deliver justice and administer law in the region with wide variations in language, cultures and norms. “… the accomplishments of the Gauhati High Court have been exceptional,” the Governor lauded the court while addressing the inaugural session of the Diamond Jubilee celebration of the Gauhati High Court here at the ATI conference hall Tuesday afternoon. He also termed the occasion as “a milestone of enormous significance” which showed the wonderful and glorious journey that venerated the high court ever since its establishment in 1948. He expressed happiness that the High Court at Gauhati has a proud entry in the list of courts which have played its part with élan in making sure that the rights as guaranteed by the constitution became a reality for the people. While lauding the pivotal role played by the judiciary, Sankaranarayanan also stressed the need for the judiciary to keep in sight the general purpose and spirit of the law when dispensing justice. He said every person including the most down trodden in the country had high expectation of the courts especially the superior court. “Let not they be disappointed,” he said. Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court, J. Chelameswar who was also the president of the diamond jubilee celebration in the presidential address said administering legal system in the region was not an easy task due to the diverse language, culture and tradition. The chief justice also reminded that any decision by majority doesn’t necessarily mean the right decision and the society requires a moderating party. The beliefs of the political party that is in power often influences policy making which might not be right, he said and stressed that it has to be examined by an impartial body – the judiciary. Survival of judiciary lies on its credibility and the moment the credibility is disturbed the judiciary is at stake, he said. He also called upon those in the judiciary to uphold the credibility of the institution of the judiciary saying that it was their sacred duty. Justice Chelameswar also expressed concern that there has been much talk of the degrading standard of the institution of judiciary and stressed the need to improve the standard of legal education to curtail the problem. On the other hand, while informing that separation of judiciary from executives was going on at all level, he also stressed the need for a thorough debate on the continuation of customary law and its modification to suite the fast changing world. Parliamentary Secretary Law and Justice, Yitachu while congratulating the Gauhati High Court on the occasion of the diamond jubilee celebration termed the occasion as matter of great satisfaction of the court in its 60 years of service to the people. Nagas has a long traditional system of justice, but Nagas should also realize that we’re living in a time of change and need to stress for quality justice, Yitachu said. Effectiveness of the legal system lies in the inclusiveness and accessibility to the people, he said adding society needed law of dynamic and not static. Advocate General Nagaland, K.N.Balgopal reminded that law dealt with trouble and suffering and the court judgements were not merely done by the sections of the constitution or penal code but on the importance of human value and element. He also revealed that the Nagaland Government was on the process of launching an organization to be based both in Delhi and Nagaland to check new legal practitioners from shifting their profession. The state government will even provide financial assistance to those fresh legal graduates who do not have the financial backup to practice law, he added. Earlier, Timikha Koza, President Bar Association said the existence of 60 years of court was a tremendous achievement. He however reminded that the occasion was not only for celebration but a time for introspection and retrospection as well. The inaugural function was followed by cultural presentation at the Heritage complex, Kohima at 5 pm which was graced by Justice W. A. Shishak, former chief justice of the Chhatisgarh High Court and former Chairman of the MHRC.

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