14 May 2023 9:57 AM GMT
Speaking at a lecture organised by Aligarh Muslim University on ‘Supreme Court and the Evolution of the Indian Constitution’, Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Krishna Murari said that “an important facet of protection of fundamental rights and constitutional values is the role played by the members of the bar over the years. Their contribution to the development of constitutional law...
Speaking at a lecture organised by Aligarh Muslim University on ‘Supreme Court and the Evolution of the Indian Constitution’, Judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Krishna Murari said that “an important facet of protection of fundamental rights and constitutional values is the role played by the members of the bar over the years. Their contribution to the development of constitutional law and jurisprudence is monumental.”
In this regard Justice Murari cited the example of the recent judgment in the Maharashtra Political Crisis “the level of arguments in the Maharashtra crisis case from both sides went to a level that the bench really had difficulty. I am not naming anyone, the names of both sides are on record. But the level of arguments in the case was so high.”
Tracing the history of how the Supreme Court was set up Justice Murari said, “The inception of the Supreme Court finds its roots in the Indian independence movement and the constitutional developments at that time.” Justice Murari went on to say that the Supreme Court is not only the protector of constitutional provisions per se, but also of the values and ideals that the forefathers fought for which forms the very spirit of the constitution.
Justice Murari spoke on how the constitution must grow with the nation. And that it interpretation must adopt to changing times and policy. He quoted Chief Justice Marshall of the US Supreme Court who said that “a constitution is framed for ages to come and it is designed to approach immortality as nearly as human institutions can approach it.”
Justice Murari urged students to draw inspiration ‘from the great sons of Mother India’ from members of the bar and the bench to start their career in litigation. He reminded the students that the field of litigation can be challenging, but with hard work and dedication a rewarding career is possible, “the first few years in litigation are very turbulent, but if you can manage to sail through the rough seas of the initial years, then a very bright future awaits you, then the sky is the limit.”
Justice Murari also took the opportunity to remember some of the great legal luminaries who were students of Aligarh Muslim University. “The contributions of AMU to nation building and particularly in the field of law are well known” he said.
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