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Make constitution meaningful for ordinary people: President Kovind

The President also released two books "The Constitution at 67" and "Indian Judiciary - Annual Report, 2016-2017" on the occasion

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President Ram Nath Kovind being greeted by Chief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra at the inauguration of the Constitution Day Celebrations at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI/RB)
President Ram Nath Kovind being greeted by Chief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra at the inauguration of the Constitution Day Celebrations at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI/RB)

on Sunday said that the was not an "abstract idea" and it has to be made meaningful for ordinary people by connecting it with their daily life and needs.

"The empowers the people as much as people empower the and what they have done to uphold the Constitutional values," the President said in his inaugural address at a function here, organised by the Supreme Court, to mark the Day.

Pointing out that the executive, legislature and the judiciary must respect each other's domain, he said at the heart of the was "trust" -- trust in each other and it is this trust that is inherent in the

The President also released two books "The at 67" and "Indian Judiciary - Annual Report, 2016-2017" on the occasion.

Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said that believes in Constitutional sovereignty and the only religion which "all of us should follow is Constitutional religion".

Stressing that "we must accept constitutional sovereignty and we must surrender to it", he said: "Citizens right have been at the pinnacle, at the zenith, there can't be any compromise on the fundamental rights."

The CJI said that no fundamental right was absolute but fetters to it have to be scrutinised.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the public interest litigation must not become a substitute for governance which must remain with the elected people who are mandated to look after governance.

On proactive judiciary, he said that the founding father of the gave the responsibility of lawmaking and framing of policies to those elected by the people and it should be left to them.

Mentioning that judiciary has "latent accountability", Prasad said that "Independence of judiciary is important, but at the same time probity and propriety was also important" and with this comes the importance of maintaining the balance in three organs.

In his Day lecture, former Chief Justice of India Justice R C Lahoti said that judiciary must maintain self-restraint and must avoid encroaching upon the domain of the legislature and the executive.

"Judges should not assume the role of super-legislature or super-executive," he said, describing such an approach as "misadventure".

The tension between the three organs was "inevitable" and is "welcome", the former CJI said, pointing out that "democracy without discipline is democracy without future".

Attorney General K.K. Venugopal described the PIL as a "boon" which has now touched every sphere of life.

However, he said the courts must take the government on board on the question whether issues before the courts, in public interest, are achievable or what are the budgetary positions.

Stressing that it has to be "collective effort", Venugopal said that pronouncing a judgment was one thing but to implement it and achieve the results was quite a different thing.

He also said the top court can't take recourse to Article 142 to invoke powers that the has not envisaged for it.

 

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First Published: Sun, November 26 2017. 19:13 IST
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