Justice Verma Memorial Lecture: V.P Jagdeep Dhankar On Importance Of Constitution

18 September, 2022 | Riya Girdhar

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The first Justice Verma Memorial Lecture was conducted today. The ceremony took place at Manas Bhawan in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. The event organised by the Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha-led Justice...

The first Justice Verma Memorial Lecture was conducted today. The ceremony took place at Manas Bhawan in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.

The event organised by the Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha-led Justice Verma Memorial Committee is a joint effort by the Bar Council of India, the State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh, and the Bar Association of Jabalpur.

The Vice President of India, Hon’ble Jagdeep Dhankar graced the occasion with his presence as the Chief Guest. He was joined by M.P Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Governor Mangubhai Patel. Meanwhile, Justice JK Maheshwari and Justice SK Kaul, Justice Ravi Malimath, and the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh were also present at the event.

While addressing the event V.P Jagdeep Dhankar focused on the importance of constitutional rights and duties. He said, “The adherence to constitutional prescriptions by all institutions is not optional.” He further said that “If democracy has to function in proper order, then all the institutions are required to stay within the bounds of the constitution.”

Furthermore, talking about the importance of democracy and its effects on running a smooth society, Vice President Dhankar said, “Democracy can nurture, blossom, and can impart healthy effects both socially and for the welfare of the people.”

While talking about the working process of the constitutional institutions; Legislature, Executive & Judiciary, Dhankar said, “If constitutional institutions are in sync with each other, and their actions are within the limits set by the constitution, they can serve the larger public interest.”

He appealed to all the constitutional institutions, “I strongly urge and appeal that time has now come that a fresh look is taken by all institutions; Legislature, Executive and Judiciary and they confine to the role prescribed to them by the constitution. This will be good for the country.”

The Justice Verma Memorial Lecture was a suitable memorial for a distinguished jurist. Justice Verma served as India’s 27th Chief Justice from 25 March 1997 till 18 January 1998. In the wake of the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape case, he served as both the head of the Justice Verma Committee and the chairman of the National Human Rights Commission from 1999 to 2003.