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'Present times witnessing belligerent, reckless behaviour,' says Justice Gogoi, expresses hope in legal institutions 

CJI Ranjan Gogoi Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 04, 2019, 07.18 PM (IST) Edited By: Sparshita Saxena

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Sunday said that the present times are witnessing "belligerent and reckless behaviour by a few individuals and some groups" which is "unfortunate". 

Gogoi added that he is hopeful that such "incidents would turn out to be exceptions," and that strong traditions of legal institutions will tackle the same, news agency ANI reported.

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"The strong traditions and ethos of our institution shall always assist the stakeholders to display resilience to overcome the belligerence of such wayward constituents," Gogoi noted. 

Gogoi was speaking at the auditorium of the Gauhati High Court.

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During his speech, Gogoi said that out of about 90 lakh civil cases in the country, over 20 lakh are pending at the summoning stage. 

"Out of 2 crore 10 lakh criminal cases, over 1 crore cases are pending at summoning stage," he said. 

"After SC took upon itself to fill up 6000 vacancies of trial judges, it appears to me that about 4000 of these vacancies have been filled up. About 1500 vacancies will be filled by the end of November or end of December," Gogoi said. 

Gogoi on Wednesday said that we can reduce the number of litigations in the country if we make the young generation of India. 

Speaking at the 'Happiness Education Conference' of the Delhi government, Gogoi said youths were unhappy and feel dejected, so having such an initiative was important.

"We go to school to learn something, be it History, Geography, Science, Maths etc, but what is the point behind gaining knowledge if we stay negative and unhappy? We won't be able to contribute. Hence, a happiness curriculum has been introduced in the schools of Delhi. India as a country needs it." said Gogoi in his speech during the conference.

"As the Chief Justice of the country, I was thinking yesterday that if I have a happy lot of people in this country, my problem of litigation will be over. There will be no cases because everybody is happy," he added.

"And I have seriously thought about it, perhaps we can have something like happiness classes in our judicial academies also; without happiness, education can never be complete," said Gogoi.


 

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Gogoi added that he is hopeful that such 'incidents would turn out to be exceptions,' and that strong traditions of the country's legal institutions will tackle the same.