During the commemoration of the 75th year of the Supreme Court, Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled plans for the expansion of the apex court’s complex, disclosing the allocation of a significant sum of Rs 800 crores for the endeavour. In his address in Delhi on Sunday, PM Modi acknowledged the challenges faced within the current Supreme Court infrastructure and emphasized the government’s commitment to addressing them.
In his speech, PM Modi noted his awareness of the issues encountered within the existing Supreme Court premises and revealed that the government had approved an amount of Rs 800 crore for the expansion of the Supreme Court building complex the previous week.
PM Modi further elaborated on the legislative reforms aimed at modernizing India’s legal framework, highlighting the government’s initiative to replace colonial-era criminal laws with contemporary statutes such as the ‘Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita,’ ‘Bharatiya Nyay Sanhita,’ and ‘Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam.’ He emphasized that these reforms marked a transformative phase in India’s legal and law enforcement systems.
He urged the Supreme Court to also come forward for a similar capacity-building exercise, citing the transformative impact of such reforms on legal policing and investigative systems.
In line with the government’s efforts to streamline judicial processes, PM Modi introduced the Jan Vishwas Bill, aimed at reducing the burden on the judicial system. He emphasized that such measures were crucial for ensuring a reliable and efficient judicial apparatus in the country. He asserted that the Jan Vishwas Bill represented a step towards this goal, as it would alleviate unnecessary burdens on the judicial system.
Furthermore, PM Modi underscored the pivotal role of contemporary laws in shaping India’s trajectory on the global stage, affirming that the legislative reforms introduced today would contribute to the nation’s future prosperity.
He remarked that laws made today would brighten the future of India, underscoring the significance of progressive legal frameworks in India’s development narrative.
Chief Justice of India (CJI) DY Chandrachud also addressed the gathering, shedding light on the democratization of access to justice facilitated by advancements in technology.
He lauded the increase in e-filing of cases, which he remarked had streamlined the process and enhanced accessibility for litigants. He highlighted the efficiency gains achieved through digitalization, noting that nearly 1,28,000 e-filings had been completed thus far. The Supreme Court continues to witness a steady rise in the adoption of electronic filing systems, reflecting a broader trend towards digital transformation in the Indian judiciary.