Supreme Court Chief Justice of India (CJI) JS Khehar in a speech that he gave today questioned the judicial system in India and the various anomalies that have crept into it that allow a number of strange occurrences to happen, but which nevertheless manages to ensure rule of law. CJI Khehar surprised many today when he said, “Ours is a strange country, the bigger the criminal the bigger the outreach.” CJI was reportedly was hinting at the ability of the criminals to circumvent the system and look to evade justice through the usage of their wealth and political power as well as fear tactics or outright violence. CJI Khehar also sought to focus the spotlight on the affected party who may not be as powerful or perhaps, even brave enough to challenge the system in this pursuit of getting justice. CJI said, “But I have wondered over the years, what about the victim? What about the family that lost its breadwinner?” The problems for the family of the affected person have just about started after the crime against him/her has been committed. Not only does the family lose the person on whom it is depending on for food, shelter, security and more, it also has to deal with the loss of a loved one and yet it will likely not get the opportunity to even grieve as they will have so many other things to attend to.
Highlight the role of the apex court in ensuring justice, CJI Khehar said, “Never seen before a terror convict who failed up to the Supreme Court and in his review can get access to justice in the manner we extended.”
CJI Khehar has taken over this high post recently as 44th Chief Justice of India. Justice Khehar, 64, will be the first Chief Justice from the Sikh community. Justice Khehar will hold the tenure for over seven months till August 27 next. Besides heading the bench in NJAC matter, Justice Khehar has also headed a bench which had set aside the imposition of Presidents rule in Arunachal Pradesh in January.