Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appreciated Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud’s recent comments on making Supreme Court judgments available in regional languages. The CJI made these remarks yesterday at a program organized by the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa in Mumbai.
PM Modi tweeted, “Recently in a function, Hon’ble CJI Justice DY Chandrachud talked about working towards making the judgments of the Supreme Court available in regional languages. He also suggested the use of technology for this. This is a A commendable idea, which will help many people, especially the youth.”
At a recent function, the Hon’ble CJI Justice DY Chandrachud spoke of the need to work towards making SC judgments available in regional languages. He also suggested the use of technology for it. This is a laudatory thought, which will help many people, especially youngsters. pic.twitter.com/JQTXCI9gw0
Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 22, 2023
PM Modi had stressed on the need for the use of local languages in the courts several times last year. He had said, “There are many languages in India, which add to our cultural vibrancy. The central government is making several efforts to encourage Indian languages, which include the option of studying subjects like engineering and medicine in their mother tongue. “
At an event in October, PM Modi had said that the ambiguity of the law creates complexity. New laws should be written clearly and in regional languages to bring “ease of justice” so that even the poor can understand them easily. He had said that legal language should not become a barrier for citizens.
He had spoken on the same matter in a program in May as well. The then Chief Justice NV Ramana participated in that program. Justice Ramana had said, “It is a serious issue… It will take some time… There are a lot of hurdles, hindrances in the implementation of regional languages in the High Courts.”
The government has a big role in the appointments of judges and the above tweet of the Prime Minister has come today amidst the impasse between the government and the judiciary on this issue. Earlier today, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju quoted a retired judge’s remarks on the subject in which he spoke of the “sensible view” of the “majority”.
Retired Delhi High Court judge RS Sodhi in a recent interview accused the Supreme Court of “hijacking” the Constitution.
Posting the clip of the interview on his Twitter handle, Rijiju wrote, “Voice of a judge… The real beauty of Indian democracy is its success. People govern themselves through their representatives. Elected representatives serve the interests of the people and the laws.” We represent. Our judiciary is independent and our constitution is supreme.”
He said, “In fact majority of the people have similar views. It is only those people who disregard the provisions of the Constitution and the mandate of the people and think that they are above the Constitution of India.”