Chief Justice Altamas Kabir (left) receives a memento from Justice Prakash Tatia in Ranchi on Saturday. (Prashant Mitra)
Ranchi, Oct. 13: Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir today said that upgrade of knowledge and research coupled with the use of advanced technology is the key to judicial excellence.
Addressing a conference titled Judicial Excellence in Dispensation of Justice, he pointed out that judges are an integral part of the judicial set-up and the onus is on them to run the system in an organised manner.
“The approach of judges towards their work will pave the way for excellence and dispensation of justice,” said the former chief justice of Jharkhand on his maiden visit to the state after his appointment to the highest office of judiciary.
Earlier, Justice Kabir, accompanied by wife Meena and Supreme Court judges Aftab Alam, S.J. Mukhopadhyay and Gyan Sudha Mishra along with Madras High Court Chief Justice M.Y. Eqbal, Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice Prakash Tatia and others were accorded a traditional welcome.
The SAIL auditorium reverberated with the beats of mandar and trumpets as the dignitaries were ushered in.
Justice Tatia, in his address, drew a positive from the backlog of cases in Jharkhand High Court, which is pegged at 52,000 till December 2011.
He said the large number of pending cases showed that people are willing to settle their disputes in court. “This is a big responsibility on the judges and magistrates.”
Justice Alam, who was a judge in the Ranchi bench of Patna High Court before bifurcation of Bihar, said administering justice was not merely a job.
It is an ongoing process and a judge has to keep his cases in mind even when he is not sitting in the courtroom, he added.
“Work should be part of the life of a judge. A judge should love his work and have a lot of compassion for the weak who come to a court for relief from their troubles,” Justice Alam quipped.
Reciting a few lines from a poem of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, he said judges should also have a passion for unwinding and relaxation. This will help them delve deeper into their work, he added.
Later, Justice Kabir also met senior and retired judges, senior advocates and members of the state bar council.
A felicitation, also attended by chief minister Arjun Munda and Ranchi mayor Rama Khalkho, was organised in his honour.
Justice Tatia, as a mark of respect, helped Justice Kabir tie a turban.
The chief minister opined that the need of the hour was to provide easy and quick justice to the downtrodden.
He also declared that the women’s remand home at Namkum, which was revamped by Kabir and his wife while he was the Chief Justice of Jharkhand, would be equipped with videoconferencing facility.
Munda, who is well aware of the fondness of the Kabirs for the remand home children, said through videoconferencing they could stay in touch with them. Justice Kabir and his wife left for the home later and spent time watching a movie with the children.