Kabir bats for rookies

Ranchi, Feb. 9: The challenge before the legal fraternity is to ensure young advocates who are entrants in the profession do not have a frustrating beginning, Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir said at a seminar organised by Jharkhand State Bar Council here today.

Providing a secure future in the legal profession for budding advocates was the refrain during the national seminar on Issues and Challenges before the Bar in maintaining the Rule of Law.

Rule of law is opposed to chaos and arbitrariness now prevalent in the society, Justice Kabir told a gathering of judges, advocates and students.

Supreme Court judge and former Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice Gyan Sudha Misra explained that the concept of rule of law was a balance between justice to the victim and the severity of punishment awarded to a perpetrator.

Justice without fear or favour should be the motto of the rule of law, she said.

Supreme Court judge Justice M.Y. Eqbal said rule of law is a dynamic concept.

"It is the supremacy of law which is to be abided by all. Lawyers are people in society who are trained to interpret laws for doing justice to litigants. An advocate is more effective with his pen than 1,000 people staging a demonstration on the streets," he added.

Supreme Court judge G.S. Singhvi and S.J. Mukhopadhyay, Union law minister Ashwani Kumar, Bar Council of India chairman Manan Mishra, judges of Jharkhand High Court and Calcutta High Court judge Tapen Sen also attended the seminar.

Earlier, Justice Kabir also laid the foundation stone of the new Jharkhand High Court building coming up on HEC land. A 167-acre plot has been acquired by the state from the PSU for construction of the new high court building.

Justice Kabir, who was accompanied with the law minister, said the new complex would be the best building of higher judiciary in the country. It will boast latest equipment in terms of IT for access to law books and journals.

He also inaugurated a two-day seminar on Economic Reforms, Economic Liberalisation and FDI at National University of Study and Research in Law (NUSRL) at the state museum auditorium in Hotwar.

The seminar would provide a platform for the participants to share views on foreign direct investment which is a relatively new and complex topic, informed NUSRL dean of faculty Alok K. Gupta.

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