Strong justice system can raise democratic values: VP

One-liner: Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Sunday said a strong, fair, and independent justice system is the safest guarantee to the flourishing of democratic values.

Verma memorial lecture: He was speaking at the 1st Justice JS Verma Memorial Lecture at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.

Nobody above law: Dhankhar said all in the country need to realise that nobody is above law and that the people in authority and high positions need to take cognizance of this in a larger public interest and to enhance the democratic ecosystem.

  • The late JS Verma served as the 27th Chief Justice of India from March 25, 1997, to Jan 18, 1998

Path-breaking judgments: Verma will always be best remembered for path-breaking judgments and ideas that have empowered citizens and enabled the govt to overhaul institutions for the larger welfare of the people, the VP said.

Judicial ecosystem: His tenure was marked by the uplift of the judicial ecosystem and to enhance the transparency and accountability, Dhankar said.

Protection of women: He (Justice Verma) judicially structured the mechanism for adequately providing for specific protection of women from sexual harassment in workplaces, he said.

Martyrdom day of Gondwana rulers: He also addressed another function, held on the martyrdom day of erstwhile Gondwana rulers Raja (king) Shankar Shah and his son Kunwar Raghunath Shah at the Veterinary College campus ground in Jabalpur.

Empowering tribals: Madhya Pradesh has the largest tribal population in the country. It is a matter of joy that the Central and state govts together are making serious efforts to empower tribals, he added.

Source: PTI

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