Justice must never ever take form of revenge, says CJI

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JODHPUR: Justice cannot take the form of revenge, Chief Justice of India S A Bobde said on Saturday, a day after four men suspected of raping and murdering a young veterinarian were shot dead by the police in a pre-dawn “encounter” on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
“I do not think justice can ever be, or ought to be, instant, and justice must never ever take the form of revenge. I believe justice loses its character of justice if it becomes revenge,” the CJI said at the inauguration of a new building of the Rajasthan high court here.
At the same time, he admitted that recent events in the country have sparked an old debate with new vigour, where there is no doubt that the criminal justice system must reconsider its position and attitude towards the time it takes to dispose of a case.
The CJI said there was a need for invocation of self-correcting measures in the judiciary. “Whether they (those measures) should be publicised or not could be a matter of debate,” he added.
Referring to last year’s much-criticised press conference by four Supreme Court judges, including former CJI Ranjan Gogoi, Bobde said it was nothing more than a self-correcting measure, though he did not wish to justify it. He termed criticism the best form of correction. “I do not agree it could be damaging and discouraging,” he said.
“All the four were eminent judges and Justice Gogoi showed the competence and led the judiciary from the front,” the CJI added.
Laying emphasis on pre-litigation mediation, the CJI said methods would have to be devised to not only speed up litigation but also to prevent it altogether.
“There are laws for pre-litigation mediation and I take this opportunity to consider why we should not compulsorily have pre-litigation mediation across all courts,” he said, adding that the results of this mechanism should carry the force of decree.
In this context, CJI Bobde stressed the need for the introduction of mediation courses in universities. He also underlined the importance of artificial intelligence in strengthening timely access to justice by providing lawyers real-time information about cases.

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