Lucknow, April 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged those involved with the startup sector to innovate on aspects where technology can help the judiciary. Speaking at the closing ceremony of Allahabad High Court's 150th anniversary celebrations in Allahabad, PM Modi also said, law is not only for the rich but also stands for the poor.
The PM Modi said, technology is playing a big role in this century and has a big scope in the judiciary as well. He said that Allahabad High Court was like a ‘Tirtha Kshetra’ for the judiciary. The Prime Minister said that those associated with the legal profession played a vital role in the freedom struggle and protected our people against colonialism. He also noted the role Mahatma Gandhi played by integrating every work with the freedom struggle.The PM added further, “Let us think about the India we want to create when we mark 75 years of freedom in 2022. Let every citizen prepare that roadmap.” He also spoke at length about how technology was playing a big role today and courts could benefit from the use the technology.
Modi said that over 1,200 obsolete laws have been scrapped by the Government since May 2014. Also, the Prime Minister assured Chief Justice of India JS Khehar that government will make all efforts to back his resolve to reduce burden on judiciary and pendency of cases.
Earlier, Justice Khehar said, shortage of judges in the country is a prime reason of delay in justice. He said, there are large numbers of pending cases due to inadequate number of judges. Justice Khehar urged the legal fraternity to contribute more time in office to handle the large number of pending cases. He said, several cases can be sorted out through mediation.
Allahabad High Court was founded as the High Court of Judicature for the North-Western Provinces in Agra on March 17, 1866. It was shifted from Agra to Allahabad in 1869 and the name was correspondingly changed to the High Court of Judicature at Allahabad. During the celebrations of 150th anniversary a number of significant events took place. These include inauguration of a new building for the Lucknow bench and establishment of digitisation center of the high court.