Justice must be seen to be done : President

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New Delhi, Nov 24 (UNI) President Pratibha Patil today called upon the international legal fraternity to ensure that justice should not only be done but must also be seen to be done.

Inaugurating an international conference of jurists on 'Rule of Law' here, Ms Patil reminded of the high standards in delivering justice. ''Sometimes justice delayed can become justice denied and hence there is need to ensure speedier disposal of cases,'' She said.

Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers who is the Chief Justice of England and Wales, Minister of State of Law and Justice K Venkatapathy, International Bar Association President Fernando Pombo were among others present on the occassion.

Ms Patil expressed hope that social and economic justice to a large number of people living below the poverty line would be served better by the judiciary.

Although the sheer size of a country with the size and magnitude of India could be intimidating, yet the challenges in providing social justice as well as justice to the marginalised sections of our society should never be too high, the President added.

She called for need to reinforce our efforts for the better implementation of the rule of law, particularly for the disadvantaged sections of society.

The President observed that challenges to the 'Rule of Law' also included problems of international terrorism, a global economic order that does not have adequate representation in international financial institutions for developing countries, weapons of mass destruction, and transnational crimes -- drug smuggling, trafficking of individuals, money laundering amd others.


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