• search

CJI Against 'Publicity' Interest Litigation

Written by: Staff
Subscribe to Oneindia News

New Delhi, Mar 11 (UNI) India's Chief Justice Yogesh Kumar Sabharwal today defended public interest litigation but drew a line against what he said amounted to ''publicity'' interest litigation.

His remarks to journalists after a day-long conference of chief ministers and high court chief justice appeared to echo Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's advocating a ''balanced approach in taking up PIL cases.'' Justice Sabharwal recounted a number of pronouncements since the onset of PILs, which, he pointed out made very valuable and useful contribution to the society.

At the same time, he stressed stern rejection of any attempts to abuse the PIL option with ulterior motives.

Earlier, opening the conference, Dr Singh described PIL as a highly commendable mechanism when it was initiated.

But he said ''we need to reflect whether we have reached a stage where the pendulum has swung to the other extreme, whether it has become a tool for obstruction, delay and sometimes even harassment.

''A balanced approach in taking up PIL cases, I am certain, will continue to keep PILs as a potent tool for rectifying public ills.

''In a similar vein, I feel that judicial activism too must be used in a restrained manner to fill up any institutional vacuum or failure and to clarify legal positions, retaining its character as a powerful but sparingly used instrument for correction.

''Judicial activism must also take adequately into account the administrative viability of the reform process.'' UNI MJ PA RK2023

For Breaking News from Oneindia
Get instant news updates throughout the day.

X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more