Policy

Govt is the biggest litigant, rues Modi; emphasises need to lessen load on judiciary

Press Trust of India New Delhi | Updated on January 16, 2018 Published on October 31, 2016

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Calls for an all-India judicial service on the lines of IAS

Terming government as the “biggest litigant”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said there is a need to lessen the load on the judiciary which spends its maximum time in tackling cases where the government is a party.

He also pitched for an All India Judicial Service on the lines of Indian Administrative Service.

Addressing the golden jubilee celebrations of the Delhi High Court here, Modi said the government is the “biggest litigant”. “The judiciary spends its maximum time on us. Us does not mean Modi, but the government,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the load on the judiciary can be reduced if cases are filed after taking a considered view.

He said if a teacher approaches court over a service matter and wins, then the judgement should be used as a yardstick to extend the benefit to thousands of others to reduce litigation at a later stage.

Though there are no concrete figures, the government is party to at least 46 per cent of the court cases ranging from service matters to indirect taxes.

States take initiative

While the Centre has so far failed to finalise the litigation policy, several States have gone ahead with their respective policies based on the 2010 draft of the Law Ministry.

The draft litigation policy, which is being fine-tuned keeping in view the latest trends, makes it clear that the mindset that matters should be left to the courts for an final decision, should to be discarded.



Published on October 31, 2016

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