//PILs have turned to Private Interest Litigations : Justice Cyriac Joseph

PILs have turned to Private Interest Litigations : Justice Cyriac Joseph

No judicial tyranny in the country: Karnataka  CJ

Sunday March 19 2006 10:35 IST

MANGALORE: There is no ‘tyranny’ of judiciary in the country, Karnataka High Court Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph declared on Saturday.

Laying the foundation stone for a new court complex near the District Court Complex, he said aggrieved parties could approach higher courts in case of any grievances on verdicts of lower courts.

He said the onus on fulfilling people’s aspirations within the limits of Constitution squarely lies on the four pillars of democracy. Thus legislation and ‘orders’ against the goals of the Constitution would be struck down by courts.

“It is the primary duty,” he said and added that none should interfere in this justice delivery mechanism.

“If you (politicians) do not like our decrees, then bring in the right amendments to the Constitution. But as long as the principles exist, courts will have to continue discharging their duties,” he stressed forcefully.

Later tongue-in-cheek he said, the biggest contribution to society would be a situation wherein the three pillars of democracy continue to discharge their duties without crossing the ‘Lakshman Rekha’.

Public Interest Litigations (PILs), which have turned into ‘private interest litigations’, are needlessly consuming the precious time of a court, Justice Cyriac Joseph said. He added that citizens must first redress grievances by bringing them to the attention of local elected representatives.

“The courts should only be a last resort,” Justice Joseph said.

He also regretted that ignorant people who have not understood the system have developed a tendency to criticize judgements. Minister for Law, Justice, Human Rights and Parliamentary Affairs Basavaraj Horatti said he would strive to expedite the release of funds required to complete the construction of court complex.

Judges of High Court, Justice R Gururajan, Justice P Vishwanath Shetty, Justice S Abdul Nazeer, Justice Ram Mohan Reddy among others also spoke.

District In-charge Minister B Nagaraj Shetty, MLAs N Yogish Bhat, Krishna Palemar, Padmanabha Kottari, Prabhakar Bangera, Shakanthula Shetty, MLC Blasius D’Souza, Mangalore Bar Association president K Shambu Sharma were also present.