As the country celebrates its 75th Independence Day, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana has criticised the functioning of the Parliament as far as the passing of legislations is concerned, terming the situation as a “sorry state of affairs” in the absence of “proper debate” in the house.
No clarity of laws
“(There is) No clarity of laws. We do not know what the purpose of the law is. It is a loss to the public. This is when lawyers and intellectuals are not in the Houses,” he said at an event to mark Independence Day at the Supreme Court.
“Unfortunate what you see now in the Houses… Debates back then in the Houses were very constructive. I saw the debates over financial bills and very constructive points were made. Laws were discussed and deliberated. One had a clear picture of the legislative part of the law,” he said.
The Chief Justice said that 75 years is not a small period for the country’s history and it was time to review the policies and achievements. “75 years is not a small period in a country’s history. When we used to go to school they used to give us a piece of jaggery and a small flag. Even though today we get so much we are not happy. Our saturation levels have reached the bottom,” Justice Ramana said.
Message to legal fraternity
Comparing it with earlier times when both houses of parliament were “full of lawyers”, he asked the legal fraternity to also contribute their time towards public service.
“If we look at our freedom fighters, many of them were also in the legal fraternity. The first members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were filled with lawyers’ community,” Justice Ramana said. He added, “I want to say to lawyers – do not confine yourselves to legal service. Do public service also. Contribute your knowledge and wisdom to this country also.”
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