SRINAGAR: The Chief Justice of India, T S Thakur, has said that if there is neglect and failure on part of government agencies, the judiciary will definitely play its role.
In an interview to ETV, Chief Justice Thakur said, “We would be happy if the government fulfills its responsibility. The judiciary will intervene only if government fails.
Chief Justice Thakur said that the judiciary is not interested in interfering in the works of the others and the fact is that 85 percent of the citizens step to the doors of the courts only when they are disappointed by the governments.
“We only fulfill our positional duties as laid down by the Constitution. If the governments do their job better, any need of interference would not arise. The government should do their job instead of hurling the accusations and the people turn to the courts only after they are let down by the executive,” he said.
Thakur also expressed strong objections on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's comments on courts interfering in governments and indulging in the judicial activism.
He observed that “The courts only fulfill their constitutional duty and need would not arise if governments do their job.”
He cautioned that if the number of judges is not increased immediately, the situation may go out of control any time.
“The number of litigations would cross over five crores in the next 10 years. I have requested the Prime Minister on several occasions and sending a report on the same issue to the Centre too”, the CJI said.