On Sunday, Paying rich tributes to freedom fighters on the occasion of the 74th Independence Day, Andhra Pradesh High Court Chief Justice J.K. Maheswari said the Constitution provided the framework for the present legal & judicial system, which envisaged the right to access justice. But, in reality, only a few privileged had true & real access to justice delivery institutions, he observed.
Delivering his Independence Day speech at the HC, Mr Maheswari emphasised that the Courts had an onerous & delicate duty, apart from deciding the disputes between the parties, to be the balancing wheel that kept a just equilibrium between fundamental rights & social justice.
The constitutional ethos of an independent judiciary could not be permitted to be diluted by acts of implied intervention, or undue interference from external forces, he observed.
CJ Maheswari said Coronavirus taught us a new lifestyle, & that though the concept of virtual Courts was developed long ago, it had been brought in vogue only in the present situation.
He said that the Andhra Pradesh HC was the first in India to initiate virtual hearing of cases after the declaration of lockdown.
Since the lockdown came into effect on March 26, the HC heard 27,462 cases & disposed of 5,241 cases as on Friday due to the cooperation of entire legal fraternity, he said, & paid homage to HC in-charge registrar-general B. Rajasekhar & S. Prasad Naik, a section assistant, who died while discharging their duties during the COVID-19 pandemic.