Lawyers need to be steadfast: Sonowal

By our Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 12: “Lawyers act as the voice of conscience of society and that is why they need to be steadfast in their objective to uphold the justice delivery system and maintain rule of law in society,” said Chief Minister Sarbanda Sonowal today, while speaking at the 15th Biennial Conference of All Assam Lawyers’ Association (AALA) at District Library Auditorium in Barpeta.   

Referring to Srimanta Sankardeva’s advice to govern society with fear and respect, Sonowal said that the lawyers must play their role with utmost sincerity and dedication to inspire respect for the law among all sections of the society and instill fear of the law in the hearts of all those who disturb the peace and harmony in society. A just society built and governed by the tenets of law where discipline reigns supreme must be the primary objective of the lawyers, the Chief Minister said.

Stating that the judiciary and justice delivery machinery must be made attractive for the young generation, Sonowal said that the youth should be encouraged to bring fresh perspective to law studies and how the judiciary works so that new age crimes like cyber and technological crimes can be proven in courts more efficiently.

Urging AALA to take up matters of interest for the state with vigour and act as a platform for finding solutions to some of the vexed problems affecting the state, Sonowal said that a strong and robust judiciary system is of paramount importance so that even the weakest member of society gets justice without delay. Sonowal also said that all four pillars of the democracy must work in tandem towards making the tion successful in achieving its goals.

Lauding the efforts of Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court Ajit Singh to make the justice delivery system more accessible to common man, Sonowal said that the government is always ready to extend any help in building infrastructure for the judiciary. Minister for Cultural Affairs ba Kumar Doley, State BJP president Ranjeet Dass, former Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court and present Chairman of Meghalaya Human Rights Commission Aftab Hussain Saikia, president of the executive committee of Bar Council of India Apurba Kumar Sarma were present at the meeting which was presided over by AALA president Pradyut Kumar Bora.       

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