Vague Laws Biggest Reason for Backlog of Cases, Says PM Modi

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Mumbai:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that vague laws that lend themselves to different interpretations are the foremost reason for pendency of cases in courts.

“At the root of pendency of cases are laws that have 10 interpretations. There is shortage of quality manpower for drafting laws,” he said while addressing the valedictory function of the sesquicentennial celebration of the Advocates Association of Western India.

Seeking the assistance of legal professionals in drafting statutes, PM Modi said, “I have suggested that draft laws be posted online for legal opinion so that good and effective laws can be made with minimum of grey areas. That will effectively bring down pendency of cases in courts. In this (endeavor), bar associations can be of great help.”

He suggested that legal educational institutions should include a subject on dealing with improvement of law drafting skills in their curriculum.

“It is difficult to get justice in the jungle of laws. I had said I will consider myself successful if I am able to finish one (outdated) law every day in my tenure of five years. I have completed my quota of five years in just a few months by doing away with 1,700 irrelevant acts,” the Prime Minister said.

Maintaining that the world had great expectations from India, PM Modi said one of the reasons for it was its independent legal system.

“The world’s focus is on India….in the last few months their attraction for India has grown, they look at us with great expectation and the reason is their faith in the Indian legal system. They know if something goes wrong, they will get justice and so they invest here. They know the legal system, the judiciary is independent. Good governance is not enough, the legal system has played a role in raising India’s stock globally,” he said.

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