Judiciary obliged to stand with citizens on fundamental rights: CJI Dipak Misra on National Law Day

Dismissing the perception of judicial activism, Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Saturday said that protection of fundamental rights of citizens is the "sacrosanct duty of the judiciary".

Published: 25th November 2017 02:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th November 2017 08:27 AM   |  A+A-

Justice Dipak Misra will remain in office till October 2, 2018. (PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Speaking on the occasion of the National Law Day, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra emphasised that guaranteeing fundamental rights to citizens is the “sacrosanct duty of the judiciary”.

“There is a perception that there is a judicial activism. I must clarify protection of fundamental rights of each and every citizen is the sacrosanct duty of the judiciary which has been conferred on by the Constitution.

Fundamental rights have been expended from the date the Constitution came into existence,” the CJI added. On the so-called judiciary-executive clash, he said: “Nobody intends, nobody desires to enter policy-making areas.

We don’t make policies but we interpret policies and that’s our job. The main task of the three wings of the state is to defend the Constitution, its values, morals and philosophy.”

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