New Delhi: Chief Justice of India N.V. Ramana has termed the pending cases as a “big challenge”, who has retired from his post on Friday.

He regretted that he could not pay much attention to the issue related to listing of pending cases in the Supreme Court for hearing.

The CJI said there was a need to use modern technological tools and artificial intelligence to find a solution to the issue related to pending cases.

Justice Ramana thanked all his colleagues and members of the Bar for their active support and cooperation. Justice Ramana became the 48th Chief Justice of India on April 24 last year. Justice Ramana in his farewell address said the requirements of the judiciary are different from others.

He said india’s judiciary has flourished over time and cannot be defined or tested by an order or judgment. “Unless the credibility of the institution is protected, as an officer of this court, respect cannot be earned from the people and the society,” he said.

“Let us all move forward with discussion and dialogue in the process of delivering speedy and affordable justice to the common man,” he said. The CJI said he was not the first or the last person to have contributed to the development of the institution.

“People come and go, but the institution is always there. Justice Ramana said keeping the courts running was the top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic and like other commercial establishments ,”we cannot secure technical tools directly from the market”.

Attorney General K K Venugopal termed as “extraordinary” the achievements made during CJI Ramanna’s tenure. He said that during the tenure of Justice Ramana, the apex court had its own fixed strength of 34 judges.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta lauded the achievements of the CJI. Mehta said Justice Ramanna performed his duties as the ‘doer’ of the legal fraternity.

Supreme Court Bar Association president Vikas Singh said, “The retirement of Justice Ramanna is a big loss for all of us. An emotional senior advocate Dushyant Dave termed Justice Ramana as a citizens’ judge. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal said the court will remember Justice Ramanna for his “keep-up with the balance he maintained in these difficult times”.


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