Vijayawada: Chief Justice of India N.V Ramana on Sunday said that 'judges are themselves appointing judges' is a popular myth nowadays. The Judiciary is merely one of the many players involved in the process, said Justice Ramana.
He was speaking at the fifth Lavu Venkateswarulu Endowment Lecture organized at Lavu Venkateswarulu Law College in Vijayawada.
The CJI said it was sad that even well-informed people propagate the myth. He explained that many authorities are involved in appointing judges, including the Union law ministry, state governments, Governor, High Court Collegia, Intelligence Bureau, and the top executive. They examine the suitability of a candidate.
Speaking to the law students, he called for the requirement of domain expertise. "We not only need highly trained judges and lawyers well-versed in fundamental legal principles but also those with an understanding of developments across various fields," the CJI said.
Justice Ramana spoke about the pendency of cases in India and said it's the most complicated and misunderstood topic. "Attributing the issue only to the judiciary is only viewing one side of the coin. To resolve the issue we need to see the larger picture. Pendency is a complex issue. It can only be resolved through a multi-pronged approach, increased use of ADR, clear legislation, executive actions within legally prescribed limits, cooperation of advocates, prompt implementation of orders, and respecting the rule of law," he said.
Stating that the success or failure of any organ is not dependent solely upon it, the CJI said all are stakeholders in the judicial enterprise. "It calls for a cooperative effort by all organs of the state, judges, advocates, academicians, and the public at large," he added.
CJI Ramana also spoke about Lavu Venkateswarulu and said it was Venkateswarulu's ideals that inspired his brother Justice Nageshwar Rao to adopt his village and bring in an era of growth and progress.