Ranchi, Sept 9: Former Supreme Court judge and Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) chairman S.B. Sinha today expressed concern at hundreds of bills being passed by Parliament, without discussing them extensively on the floor of the House. He said such instances necessitate the relevance of power of judicial review.
Addressing the valedictory session of a two-day seminar on Judicial Review of Legislative Powers and Privileges: A Constitutional Quandary, Sinha opined that there may not have been the need to cancel 2G licenses, if the previous judicial orders were executed effectively. He stressed that the judiciary should not be reduced to a fact-finding institution. Its most important function was to interpret law.
Incidentally, Sinha played a crucial role in setting up National University for Studies and Research in Law in Ranchi. He expressed satisfaction at the fact that NUSRL-Ranchi has succeeded in attracting brilliant students in such a short span.
NUSRL vice chancellor A.K. Koul said the main objective of power of judicial review should be to wipe away tears from every eye. He opined that the judiciary never exceeded its limits and has always exercised its powers in consonance with constitutional provisions.
“The Supreme Court and judiciary have always been sensitive to societal problems and fulfilled their duties and responsibilities. On several occasions, they have also aptly responded to the cause of people’s sufferings,” he added.