`India`s legal system will have edge over China`

Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia said that judicial overreach was a topic of debate and criticism.

Updated: Aug 14, 2011, 15:44 PM IST

Mumbai: Both India and China are rising powers, but what could give India an advantage over Beijing is its legal system, said Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan here on Sunday.

"In the future it is going to be India and China. The advantage our country has is its judiciary," Chavan said, speaking at a function to mark the beginning of
sesquicentennial (150th year) celebrations of the Bombay High Court.

Echoing the view, Khurshid said, "Between China and India, people would prefer our legal system."

"The Bombay High Court, which commenced its work in 1862, is the best symbol of our commitment to judicial independence.

There are still many more heights to be captured. The challenge of appointing more judges, (putting in) more infrastructure and (providing) faster and affordable justice is there," Khurshid said.

Chief Justice of India SH Kapadia, Chief Justice of Bombay High Court Mohit Shah, Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court JN Patel and a few Supreme Court judges were present on the occasion.

Kapadia said that judicial overreach was a topic of debate and criticism even then (when the Bombay High Court came into existence), as it was now.

Calling for cooperation from the judiciary, Chief Minister Chavan said, "Challenges like terrorism, (issues of) capital punishment, and criminal justice and so on cannot be solved at the executive level alone."

Justice Kapadia launched a facility for online filing of petitions. It would do away with the need to stand in long queues during fixed hours for filing petition.

The function was held at the newly-refurbished central court room, where once `Lokmanya` Bal Gangadhar Tilak was tried and held guilty for sedition in 1909.

PTI