On the sidelines of Constitution Day celebrations in Parliament on November 26, 2021, which the Opposition parties boycotted, the attention somehow turned to the role of the judiciary in the Indian polity. Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, in his address during the opening ceremony of the Constitution Day function organised on the same day by the Supreme Court registry, stated that lakshman rekha drawn by the Constitution is sacrosanct. But there are times when courts are compelled to pay attention to unresolved grievances in the interest of justice.
Reiterating parts of his speech on Friday where he said even well-informed sections of society are unaware of the importance of the Constitution, Justice Ramana said there is still a need to spread more understanding about the Constitution.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the real honour of the Constitution of India lies in the understanding of the problems of the crores of people without toilets, water and electricity and to make their lives easier.
Chief Justice of India Justice N.V. Ramana urged the legal fraternity and young lawyers especially that they must assist judges and the institution. Protect the institution from motivated and targeted attacks, he said. "We are all ultimately part of one large family. Do not shy away from standing up for what is right, and against what is wrong.”
As part of Constitution Day celebrations on Friday, the speeches of President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on occasion will be broadcast live in all educational institutions and government offices of Uttar Pradesh. The Uttar Pradesh Governor's secretariat issued guidelines in this regard.
A virtual academic conference hosted by the law college recently to coincide with Constitution Day discussed the future of legal education and the role of law schools. A host of eminent speakers from the legal fraternity addressed the topic and raised some important issues.
The day, also known as National Law Day, is celebrated in India on November 26 every year to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India in November 1949 which came into effect on January 26, 1950.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to provide any relief to the NGOs, which lost registration after the Centre said that extension of licence was only given to those NGOs, which filed applications for the same.