NEW DELHI: In an admission that the judicial system is cumbersome and often fails to deliver justice on time, former Chief Justice and Rajya Sabha MP Ranjan Gogoi said people regret their decision to approach the court and it is the rich and corporate world denizens who are better suited to take their chances in court.
Appealing to members of the judiciary to take immediate steps for a roadmap to improve the situation, Justice Gogoi said the present system is not working for more than one reason and changes were needed in the way judges are selected and trained.
He also said that delay in appointment of judges is also one of the problems.
Responding to a question whether he would file a case against people who are targeting him and making allegations, Gogoi said, “If you have to go to court, you will only be washing dirty linen in court and you will not get a verdict. I have no hesitation to say so. Who goes to court. You regret it if you go to court. You go to court as a corporate to take a chance. If you succeed then crores of rupees would come…”
“We want to have five trillion dollar economy but we have ramshackle judiciary… In 2020, when the functioning of every organisation was at lower ebb, including judiciary, there was addition of 60 lakhs cases at subordinate judiciary and around three lakhs cases added in various high courts and six to seven thousand in Supreme Court. Time has come when we should have a roadmap. This is something for the judiciary to work out which is not being done,” he said.
He also expressed concern over the present time when people with “power and loud voice” try to target and malign others, including judges. The former CJI said that there are unfortunately some judges who are succumbing after being attacked. He said a robust judiciary is a must for attracting foreign investment in the country to sort out any commercial dispute in a timebound manner.
“System has not worked. If you want a thriving economy, you must have a forum to decide commercial disputes. Nobody is going to invest unless you have you have a robust system. Where is the mechanism? Commercial Courts Act has brought within its purview every conceivable commercial dispute. But who is applying the law? The same judge who does other normal work. I do not think beginning has been made and I call judges to engage to make a roadmap,” he said.
Responding to questions on ongoing farmer agitation and protest against CAA, Gogoi said that some political legal solutions have to be evolved and courts should also examine these issues.