India having moved up the ladder in ease of doing business and Moody’s ranking has a lot of work to be done in terms of expediting the wheel of the justice system. The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that India has put ‘Dharma’ at the centre of governance. He was addressing the Members of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Advocates Associations, in Hyderabad on 20th November 2017. The Acting Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh & Teleangana, Justice Ramesh Ranganathan, Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana, Mohammad Mahmood Ali and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion.
The Vice President said that the implementation of the laws and the dispensation of justice need to be much more effective, speedy and perceived to be fair and just. He further said that the conduct of lawyers, judges and the courts has a deep impact on the civilian life in this country. Dynamism of the lawyers is the foundation for “Judicial Activism”, he added.
The Vice President said that justice Dispensation System, as an institution, is now at crossroads and faced with many challenges….The World Justice Report ranked India at 66th position in its Rule of Index 2016. Denmark, Norway and Finland were the top three countries, while Afghanistan, Cambodia and Venezuela were at the bottom India has vast scope to improve its ranking if concerted effort is made by all the stakeholders… He further said that the general decline in ethical and moral values, has affected the Justice Dispensation System as well. Lawyers must equip themselves with the changing trends and assist the Judiciary with proper input, he added.
VP gets Nostalgic, praises stalwarts
” I am pleased to be with all of you this evening as it brings many pleasant memories of my association with the legal fraternity before and after completing my law degree from Andhra University. Though I had enrolled here as an Advocate long time ago, I didn’t have an opportunity to be in the legal profession for long. I joined the political arena and practiced law in another form. I joined the fraternity of ‘law makers’. I am glad to meet many of my old friends as well as new entrants practicing this noble profession in this high court.
High Court of Andhra Pradesh which celebrated its golden jubilee in the year 2006 has passed from one stage of evolution to another carving out a place of distinction for itself not only in the judicial history of the State but in its public life as well. This High Court has the proud distinction of having contributed many jurists and judges to the Supreme Court of India: Justice Koka Subbarao, Justice Jayachandra Reddy, Justice Chinnapa Reddy, Justice Jeevan Reddy, Justice Ramaswamy, Justice Jagannadha Rao, Justice Sudarshan Reddy, Justice Jasti Chalameswar, Justice N. V. Ramana and Justice L Nageswara Rao, the last three Hon’ble judges are now serving.
This Court also has the distinction of producing a galaxy of eminent lawyers and judges at the High Court level. We remember Justice P.A Choudary whose judgement in Saritha’s case has been internationally acclaimed to say that the ‘Fundamental Rights’ will walk into the bedroom of the person as well, reaffirming the salutary principle of Liberty that “over his body and mind, an individual is sovereign”.
We also remember Justice Jagannadha Rao for defining a new scale for calculating compensation for the victims of motor vehicle accidents. This High Court houses some interesting historical documents like the Shri Kishan’s first Public Interest Litigation in this Court opposing formation of State of Andhra Pradesh in 1957. I am told that the handwritten copies of the petition, in original, are still available in the Registry of this Court and its judgment has been reported in Shri Kishan Vs. State of Andhra Pradesh in All India Reporter in the year 1957. There are many stalwarts from this Bar. DuvvuriNarasa Raju, K. Pratap Reddy and Padmanabha Reddy, Venkat Reddy, Movva Chandrasekhar Rao, Ananta Babu, B.V Subbaiah to remember only a few.
Some Advocates from this Bar have even made it to Supreme Court of India. To remember some stalwarts – P.P. Rao (Padma Bhushan awardee), V.R. Reddy who had also served as Solicitor General, and as Chairman of the Bar Council of India, L. Nageswara Rao has the distinction of serving as Additional Solicitor General for 3 terms in different party regimes and eventually got elevated as Judge of Supreme Court. P.S. Narasimha is currently serving as Additional Solicitor General. List of the stalwarts from this Bar will not be complete without making a reference to Dr P.C. Rao(Padma Bhushan awardee), who had served as Law Secretary, Union of India and later had a long stint as Judge, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.
Reference to these stalwarts is sufficient to indicate the richness and diversity of the Bar. This Court has achieved so much of name and fame only because of the great quality of the lawyers of this Court.