Former Supreme Court Justice and NHRC chairperson Arun Mishra on Tuesday said that effective and long-term planning is absolutely necessary for achieving justice.
Addressing the NHRC Foundation Day programme, (Retd) Justice Mishra said, “Justice and peace complement each other and our law and order is based on this. Achievement of quick justice, a fundamental right of human beings, is still a dream today. The truth is that the costs of litigation are out of reach. The police investigation system needs to be made more effective and independent. This system should be such that there is no need for investigation by CBI.
Talking about the condition of jail inmates, he said yoga, meditation and lectures should be given on a regular basis to improve the criminal attitude of prisoners, who also have the right to dignity. The commission investigates every custodial death to ensure that it is not caused by any excess. The ‘encounter’ by the police under the guise of ‘instant justice’ and ‘provocation’ for this is an unconstitutional and condemnable act. We have to try to get rid of this barbarism, he added.
Welcoming Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to the programme, (Retd) Justice Mishra said, “We are celebrating ‘Amrit Mahotsav’ to commemorate the 75th anniversary of our independence. Today, India has emerged as a power on the global stage and it has been recognized as a new force, the credit of which goes to the citizens of India, the constitutional system of the country and the leadership of the country.
Talking about Mr Shah, he said “Your tireless efforts have ushered in a new era of peace and law and order in Jammu and Kashmir and North-East. One-sixth of the world’s population resides in India, it is undoubtedly a very difficult task to run such a large democratic system, yet our democratic system solves every problem in a peaceful and equitable way. I express my heartfelt thanks to our Prime Minister, Home Minister and all concerned who have contributed to the great achievements of India.
“We can proudly say that India is a leader in the protection and promotion of human rights. Many schemes related to public welfare have been implemented in our country, which have given a new dimension to the protection of human life and values. The National Human Rights Commission has been functioning in India for the past 28 years, whereas in many other superpower nations, such institutions are yet to be established,” he added.