Lucknow, 10th November 2017:Salient points of my speech at 18th International Conference of Chief Justices of the World at Lucknow on 10th November 2017.

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that the Indian judiciary is one of the strongest, independent and transparent justice systems in the world.

While addressing the 18th International Conference of Chief Justices and Justices of the World in Lucknow, Shri Naqvi said that in India, the judiciary is honestly fulfilling its constitutional responsibilities without any interference, pressure and discrimination.

About 200 Chief Justices and Justices from nearly 60 countries participated in this conference. Besides India, Chief Justices, Justices and other legal luminaries from the USA, Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Iran, Nepal, Myanmar, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe and other countries attended this international conference.

Shri Naqvi said that the confidence of the public in the Indian judiciary has been more than any other constitutional institutions. Because, every citizen, whether he is a poor or a rich, of the country is equal in the eyes of Indian judiciary irrespective of his region, religion and caste.

Shri Naqvi said that it is the beauty and strength of the Indian judiciary that from time to time the voice of change and reform in judiciary emerges from within the judiciary rather than from anywhere else. Due to all this, the judiciary of India is an example for the entire world.

Shri Naqvi said that the Indian judiciary and especially the Supreme Court has played an important and commendable role in highlighting the cases of many major scams and taking strict action against in these cases. Apart from this, the judiciary has played an important role on the social issues and issues related to protecting the environment etc.

Shri Naqvi said that the pending cases in various courts for the last several years are a matter of concern but the Central Government and the judiciary are working on this issue sincerely so that the general public can get speedy justice. The Central Government is ready for all possible cooperation with the judiciary regarding the disposal of pending cases and other reforms. Our Government has taken steps towards reforms regarding judicial system and more steps are need to be taken.

Shri Naqvi said that the Government led by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has repealed 1200 obsolete laws and has identified another about 1024 laws to repeal very soon. Along with bringing new laws, it is also necessary that obsolete laws are repealed.

Shri Naqvi said that the Indian judicial system has created trust among the people. This trust needs to be strengthened further. Shri Naqvi said that the courts of the country are speedily becoming digital today. The paperless system in the courts will make many things easier for the common people.

Shri Naqvi said that the emphasis of this International Conference of Chief Justices and Justices is to ensure a safe environment and bright future of the children across the world. Shri Naqvi said that there are strong laws related to protection of child rights, democratic values and other challenges.

Shri Naqvi said that terrorism and radicalism has become the biggest challenge for the entire world and judiciary across the world can play a crucial role to tackle these problems.