Impartial, independent judiciary essential for liberal democracy, believes Justice Chelameswar

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Further, the three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Dipak Mishra did not accept the plea of the Petitioners to let the two Public Interest Litigations pending before the Bombay High Court be heard by that Court, instead agreeing with the State's argument that given the unseemly and unnecessary row over the case it should be settled once and for all by the top court of the country.

"For the survival of a liberal democracy, an impartial and independent judiciary is essential, without which liberal democracy will not flourish", Justice Chelameswar said.

The Loya case was one of those which was indicated by the four senior most apex court judges - justices Jasti Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, M.B. Lokur and Kurian Joseph - at their press conference where they had questioned the manner in which sensitive cases were being allocated.

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Underscoring the need for an independent judiciary, Justice J Chelameswar on Monday emphasised that the institution must be sustained and improved for the welfare of the people. "It is a matter, which requires constant examination". But in practice, the Supreme Court exercises a great deal of superintendence.

The chief of South Korea's Supreme Court promised Wednesday he will revamp the management system of the judiciary to prevent any abuse of power, such as the recently unveiled illegal secret monitoring of judges. "Directly the matter of appointments and transfer of judges of high courts, indirectly laying down the law regarding various aspects of administration of justice at high courts and subordinate courts", he said. He was addressing the people on Monday who were present at the launch of the book "Supreme Court of India - The Beginnings".

"The enormous jurisdiction which the Supreme Court is conferred by the Constitution, coupled with the eagerness of the court to do complete justice created a huge amount of arrears on this court".

Chelameswar also said that a solution must be found to the huge backlog of cases pending with the Supreme Court, "if the institution is to remain relevant".

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