Number of lawyers in parliament dwindled: Chief Justice NV Ramana

The number of lawyers has decreased and the place has been taken by others in parliament, said CJI Ramana.

New Delhi:

India’s Chief Justice N.V. Ramana said on Monday that parliament used to be dominated by legal professionals who gave an “outstanding constitution and flawless laws”, but now the number of lawyers has dwindled and the space has been taken by others. While congratulating Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Justice Ramana said that “his elevation (of Dhankar) is a tribute to our sound democratic traditions and our rich constitutional values”. “It speaks to the fact that our progressive Constitution provides opportunities for all, regardless of caste, creed, religion, region and financial status,” the CJI said.

Justice Ramana said it was thanks to democracy that Mr. Dhankhar, a seasoned lawyer, could rise to the second highest office in the country, despite being from a rural background and without a political father or godfather.

While mentioning the contribution of the legal community in the struggle for the freedom of the country and the drafting of the Constitution, Justice Ramana said “In the Constituent Assembly and in the early days of our Parliament, the House was dominated by legal professionals”. “As a result, we got an exceptional Constitution and flawless laws. Today, the number of lawyers has gone down and that space is being taken by others. I don’t want to comment further,” the CJI said. the experience and advice of the Office of the President of Rajya Sabha, he hoped and believed that the quality of laws would certainly improve.

“Unlike the positions he has held so far, the high office of Vice President comes with far greater responsibilities. During his tenure, Dhankhar will have the unique and challenging opportunity to ensure the smooth running of the Rajya Sabha as President ex officio.. – This requires harmonizing the interests of all sides of the House.

“I know that it is not easy to satisfy every honorable member of the House. But I am confident that with his rich court craft and exposure in various fields, Dhankhar Ji will definitely succeed in bringing all sections of the House His past experience as Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs in the 1990s would greatly contribute to his new tenure as Speaker of the Rajya Sabha,” he said.

Besides Justice Ramana, Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Vikas Singh were also present at Mr. Dhankhar’s congratulatory program, who was a seasoned lawyer and used to practice in the highest court.

Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Rijiju said he would meet Mr Dhankhar more often as he presides as Rajya Sabha president.

“I can only warn him that occupying all the positions in the past will prove very easy than the role of President of the Rajya Sabha. When I entered Parliament, our loyal Atal Bihari Vajpayee and…. were there and many debates used to take place in the Lok Sabha as well as in the Rajya Sabha. The debates are taking place now too, but unfortunately the disturbances and noise are only reported by the media. The quality of the debates is not reported as it must,” he said. said.

He added that the only difference he saw was that before there was less noise in the Rajya Sabha while the Lok Sabha was still very loud.

“But now the Rajya Sabha is just as loud so I think with the ability of the respected Jagdeep Ji he will manage in the best possible way and make the Rajya Sabha very interesting with his wit, knowledge and ability and his Wisdom will certainly prevail, especially over very unruly members,” Mr. Rijiju said.

He said there are different characters in the House with members from diverse backgrounds and not all of them are the same or equal.

Everyone is gifted differently and the president has to approach them in his own way and he has to manage some of the extraordinarily active members, the justice minister said.

Being a well-known lawyer, he will be very useful to Mr Dhankhar because in Parliament, MPs rise from time to time to challenge the rules and provisions “so a person like me who does not have a better understanding of the law , I become a liability,” he said, adding that Dhankar is going to be an asset to the parliament and the country.

He congratulated Mr. Dhankhar on assuming the post of Vice President of India and said it was an immense joy that someone from the legal fraternity had attained such a position.

Justice Ramana said that legal education, practice and knowledge of the justice system exposes to many social realities and gives a deeper understanding of the rule of law and fairness and that someone with all these apprenticeships entering high positions is certainly an added value.

“Jagdeep Dhankhar is known for having a proactive approach. Whether as a lawyer, as an elected representative, as a minister or as a governor until recently, he has stood out for his proactive approach” , did he declare.

The CJI said he will retire soon and hopes to watch TV quality debates in Rajya Sabha being chaired by Mr Dhankhar. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said Dhankhar was the only vice president to be a lawyer and have served on the Supreme Court.

Senior Advocate and SCBA Chairman Vikas Singh said Mr. Dhankhar has been the protector of justice and has always ensured that justice is delivered to the weaker sections of society.

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Elna M. Lemons