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Bihar government for reservation in judiciary

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Patna, May 6 (UNI) Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today announced that the government would reserve seats for members of the weaker section of the society in lower judiciary services.

Inaugurating a seminar on ''Lawyers and Democratic Functioning'' organised by Sapru Jayakar Motilal C R Das Institute of Legal Aid, Studies and Research here, Mr Modi said the matter was presently with the Patna High Courts Chief Justice J N Bhatta and the government was in favour of reserving seats in the lower judicial service by 'settling all disputes'. He, however, did not elaborate on the issue.

Mr Modi said the governments relationship with the judiciary had improved since installation of the NDA government in the state. He said Bihar was the first state in the country which was setting up 'Gram Kutchehary' to settle disputes at the Panchayat level itself.

He added that the government would appoint nearly 5000 law graduates as 'Nyaya Mitras'. He said the government would also appoint 45 fresh law graduates as 'Law Research Assistants', an exercise much in line with an internship.

Mr Modi said lawyers in Bihar could not earn name and fame like their counterparts in other states. He underscored virtues of a democratic government and observed 'that terrroism grew more in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan or Iraq, which do not have democracy in the real sense.' ''Even in a country like Pakistan, where democracy was not existing in the real term, rulers of that country were running the governemnt in garb of democracy,'' said Mr Modi.

Responding to remarks made by Justice V N Sinha of Patna High Court, who deplored that cases pertaining to pension, regularisation of services and promotion in services were killing precious time of the High Court, Mr Modi said he would personally review cases related to pension and would try to dispose off them within six months.

Mr Modi said the judiciary intervened into the arena of executive or legislature rpt legislature when these two arms of the governmnet failed in discharging their duties. He added that even work of Chiraiyatarh railway overbridge would not have completed had the Patna High Court not intervened.

Mr Modi supported Supreme Courts intervention when the Parliament quashed the membership on the issue of offices of profit and said the Parliament or state legislatures do not enjoy the authority of quashing the membership of their members. Mr Modi said the state governmnet would open a National Law College like the one existing in Bangalore and Pune and recalled that President APJ Abdul Kalam could not lay the foundation of the college during his last visit to Patna due to imposition of the model elecion code of conduct.

He said that a judicial training academy would also be opened for training of judicial officers. He said that mobile legal aid clinics were also yielding positive results.

He said posts of 318 judicial officers would be filled up soon, adding that the e-governance should also be implemented in the courts also. He said such situations should be created in the next four or five years when the verdicts of the High Court were available on the Internet. He said the court fees would be increased only after consultations with the representative bodies of the advocates.

Chief Justice of Patna High Court J N Bhatta said lawyers contributions were of immense values during the pre and the post Independence.

Stating that every third US president (from Lincoln to Clinton) was a lawyer, the CJ said that the bar and the bench could not be separated. He said the quality of legal education should improve and added that legal education was unorganised as no planning or policy guided it.

Justice Sheo Kirti Singh said the balance of power between executive and legislature had been disturbed and attributed the imbalance to some fundamantal flaws.

Justice V N Sinha, senior advocate and chairman of the Sapru Jayakar Moti Lal C R Das Institute of Legal Aid, Studies and Research Ram Janam Ojha and other dignitaries also spoke on the occasion.

UNI

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