“The 3 pillars of democracy must work together”
PM Narendra Modi on November 26, 2017 stressed the need for the judiciary, Government and executive to strengthen each other and work together for a new India. However, the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra emphasised that judiciary has a Constitutional duty to interpret and enforce a policy or law and apply “judicially manageable standards” to assess if a policy of the Government be interfered with. CJI has a valid point and it is a fact that judiciary has always taken care not to step into the terrain of the executive unless and until it is absolutely the crying need of the hour.
Speaking at the Law Day function organised by the Law Commission of India, both PM Narendra Modi and CJI Dipak Misra did agree on one point that to maintain balance between the three wings of the State, there should not be any claim to supremacy. The commendable restraint exercised by the judiciary can be gauged from one glaring but never highlighted fact that the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru created a single bench of high court for such a big state like UP (which has maximum population, maximum MPs, maximum MLAs, maximum Judges, maximum pending cases, maximum crime, maximum districts, maximum towns, maximum villages more than one lakh and what not) at Lucknow which is so close to Allahabad just about 150 km away and that too way back on July 1, 1948 but not at any other place.