From our Staff Correspondent
Dibrugarh, Dec 23: The foundation stone laying ceremony of the Additiol Court Building and Bar Library, Dibrugarh, was laid down by Supreme Court Judge, Justice Ranjan Gogoi on Wednesday, in presence of Chief Justice (Acting) Justice T. Vaiphei ; Judge-in-Charge, Administrative Department, Justice BK Sharma and Judge of Gauhati High Court, Justice Hrishikesh Roy, president of Dibrugarh Bar Association, Ajit Borgohain, members of Dibrugarh Bar and Bench and officials of the district administration and leading citizens .
Justice Ranjan Gogoi, after laying the foundation stone and unfurling the plaque, addressed the members of Bar and other guests at a function with a speech that focused on his early days and his association with the historic town and the Dibrugarh Court Building. Giving thought on his deep bond with Dibrugarh Bar, Gogoi stated, “As Supreme Court Judge, I have travelled along Kashmir to Kerela and from Maharashtra to Bengal, but have never come across such a majestic building, built in the year 1872.”
Emphasizing the parallel correlation between the cradle of justice two important wings which have been termed under the legal system as Bar and Bench, Justice Gogoi highlighted Dibrugarh Bar and Bench’s role in situations of despair referring to the recent unusual flood here that caused mece to life and property. Weighing stress on how by belonging to an enlightened class, the members of the Bar with social responsibility could improve the quality of life, as time speaks of Dibrugarh Bar’s bequest to the tion in the form of able leadership whenever the call came.
Poigntly, Gogoi opined that there was a decline so far as this role was concerned without going to the reasons of such decline. “I think the present is a good occasion to remind the learned members of the Bar of this very important role that society expects from them. I would understand this role to be far more important, far more constructive, and far more necessary than any other responsibility of the members Bar, look after ture and look after the world,” he said.
Referring further to the responsibility of Bar and Bench, Gogoi said, “The new Bar Building is a great and solid testimony of the inseparable relation between the Bar and Bench, which can be characterized as a symbiotic one. Being the essential wings of the cycle of justice, Bar and Bench ought to work in tandem and at this juncture of credibility crisis must work together to transform the perception of the society, and to restore the lost sheen of this profession. The grievance of the common man today is not limited to questioning the integrity of the legal institution as they have the ability to voice and criticize the vain and boon of democracy. As citizens of tion look to the state , the institutions needs for high quality performance since the sole objective of the tion is to achieve what we called inclusive growth, is the quality of governce which contributes to human well being, sustence development. Legislature, executive, judiciary are the three pillars of democracy which must separately perform their given role in delivering good governce in the country by objectively, distributing the dividends of prosperity.”
Gogoi further said that the ceremony would witness the foundation of an Additiol Court Building and a New Bar and Library Building.
Underlining some basic points on human development, Justice Ranjan Gogoi stated that as per the report on human development the gross income had doubled in the last 15 years, however, there were still miles to go. “It is the responsibility of the state to ensure that the margilized get an opportunity to earn a better livelihood for their families, who are steeped in poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. We have definitely come a long way since independence, what will determine our future, is to tackle issues like gender violence, illiteracy and unequality,” asserted Gogoi.
Justice Gogoi, called upon the budding genre of lawyers to encompass within the learning of shades of law, humanities and studies of ture for a good justice delivery. Speaking on the occasion of the construction of the new Court and Library Building, Justice Ranjan Gogoi urged upon the district administration and the Chief Engineer to finish up the construction work by next year before Christmas.
Earlier, the other dignitaries, Chief Justice (Acting)of Gauhati High Court, Justice T. Vaiphei ; Judge –in-Charge, Administrative Department, Justice B.K. Sharma and Judge of Gauhati High Court, Justice Hrishikesh Roy, in their respective speeches recalled the past glory of Dibrugarh Bar and its contribution to the judiciary delivery system of the country,
Dibrugarh Bar Association president Ajit Borgohain, in his welcome address unfolded the past glory of the Dibrugarh Bar Association and recalled the contribution of all those members of the Bar for making the Association noteworthy.