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Constitution Day: Protect judiciary from ‘motivated, targeted attacks’, CJI tells lawyers

Constitution Day: Protect judiciary from ‘motivated, targeted attacks’, CJI tells lawyers

Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on Friday called upon lawyers to assist the judiciary and help protect the institution from “motivated and targeted attacks”.

“…I want to tell all of you, that you must assist judges and the institution. We are all ultimately part of one large family. Protect the institution from motivated and targeted attacks. Do not shy away from standing up for what is right, and against what is wrong”, Justice Ramana said while speaking at the Constitution Day celebration organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) in New Delhi.

The Constitution Day, also called the National Law Day, is celebrated to mark the adoption of the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly of India in 1949.

The CJI said that the most important feature of the Indian Constitution is that it allows a framework for debate.

“Perhaps, the most important feature of the Indian Constitution is the fact that it provides a framework for debate. It is through such debate and discussion that the nation ultimately progresses, evolves, and achieves higher levels of welfare for the people,” the CJI said.

He added that “the most direct and visible players in this process are, of course, the lawyers and judges of this country”.

He said that lawyers — being the people with “intimate knowledge” of the Constitution and the laws, have the responsibility to educate the rest of the citizenry about the role that they play in society. “The history, present and the future of this nation lie on your shoulders. This is a heavy, if not the heaviest, burden to bear,” said the CJI.
“Be worthy of the confidence reposed in you by the public,” he said.

Justice Ramana added that the legal profession is called a noble profession for a reason. “It demands expertise, experience, and commitment, like any other profession. But in addition to the above, it also requires integrity, knowledge of social issues, social responsibility, and civic virtue,” he said exhorting lawyers to take up cases pro-bono whenever possible.

Judges of the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and SCBA President Vikas Singh also attended the event.


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