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Uphold constitution in letter and spirit, says CJI

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  6 April 2015 12:00 AM GMT

New Delhi, April 5: Chief Justice of India H.L. Dattu on Sunday urged chief justices and chief ministers in states to uphold the constitution in “letter and spirit”. “The ultimate goal of all of us is to serve the people of India upholding the letter and spirit of the constitution. Our forefathers have defined and declared our common goal within this sacred constitution,” he said in his address to a joint conference of chief ministers and chief justices of the high courts here. Terming the people’s faith in the rule of law as the “greatest democratic achievement in nearly seven decades of independence”, he said achieving and maintaining rule of law in society was easier said than done. “In a country that is as socially diverse and economically disparate as ours, ensuring access to effective justice is a Herculean task. However, it is important that we consistently engage with this task and constantly re-evaluate the measures we have designed,” CJI Dattu said. On the conference, he said discussions like these are a “fine example of institutiol dialogue”, which is very important for the country’s democracy. “It is in the highest traditions of democratic governce that two branches of the state have come together to communicate directly with each other. In a task as complex and important as the one we are concerned with today (Sunday), it is important that we are open to suggestions, open to change and open to thinking outside the box,” the CJI said. (ians)

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