Speaking at the Constitution Day celebrations in the apex court, he termed the judiciary the bridge between reality and constitutional ideals and goals. He said, in pursuit of constitutional goals, it is important to draw strength from the diverse views and experiences of women and marginalised.
“Constitution is the story of undoing injustices against the marginalised sections of our society – women, disabled, Dalits and members belonging to tribes and segments staying in far flung areas of the country. All judges across the courts in India, ranging from district courts to the SC, must reflect on the constitutional vision of securing justice, equality and liberty,” he said.
The CJI said, “There is a need for us to introspect on our actions and decisions and to question our own prejudices and pre-conceptions, for until we open our minds to multiple views of persons of multiple varied living experiences, we would be lacking in our roles as judges.”
Pledging to give more representation to women in judiciary, CJI Chandrachud said it is crucial to tap the experience, knowledge and understanding of the diverse sections of people who are part of the judiciary. “Indian courts have been at the forefront to protect the rights of marginalised and uphold the rule of law,” he said
“The justice delivery system must be accessible to all, the judiciary must ensure this. Challenges require dedicated action. Indian judiciary has adopted several measures of reforms ‘to bend the arc of the moral universe towards justice’, as stated by Martin Luther King Jr,” the CJI said.
He said increased use of technology in the judiciary will improve the working of courts. “It is of supreme importance that courts are remodelled to reach out to the people instead of people reaching out to courts in their quest for justice,” he said.