Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday announced that the state government has been working to establish a law university in Manipur in order to strengthen the legal sector in the state.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural function of the G+3 Annexe Building for the Court of District & Sessions Judge at Thoubal Court Complex located in Khangabok in Thoubal district. The event was organised by the state Law and Legislative Affairs department.
He expressed hope that the building will facilitate the lawyers in delivering fair justice to the public. The legal sector in the state has faced lack of facilities and there is a crucial need to strengthen the judiciary in the state. Therefore, the establishment of the Law University is of utmost importance, he stressed.
“Without having to wait for an assembly session, we will put efforts to build the required University by passing an ordinance,” he said.
A democratic country needs a strong judiciary as it is one of the three pillars of the government. Therefore, the judiciary needs to show its full potential to deliver fair justice and assist in the measures being undertaken to uproot the drug menace in the state.
He expressed happiness on the appointment of Justice Siddharth Mridul as the Chief Justice of Manipur High Court and extended his welcome to the Chief Justice.
The state may face economic challenges but the government has been taking strenuous efforts to ensure that the legal sector does not face any shortages. The recent appointment of Justice Golmei Gaiphulshillu Kabui as a judge of the High Court of Manipur has been a matter of great pride to the state, he added.
Pointing out that there are around 1.5 lakh drug users in Manipur, he exuded confidence that with massive support garnered on the state government’s ‘War on Drugs’ campaign, the drug menace will be completely uprooted from the state. The state government will work to fill the shortages being faced by the law courts of the remaining districts, he added.
On the occasion, Manipur High Court, Chief Justice Siddharth Mridul said that providing access to justice is an important aspect of the Rule of Law. Only after delivering the necessary infrastructure, staff, quarters, etc at the courts in the state, the people of Manipur will be able to get access to justice, he stressed.
There is a target set to launch a paperless court system, he further said, while adding that it will allow the litigants to remotely access the court online. He commended the state government for giving positive responses so far regarding the matter.
The event witnessed the presence of High Court of Manipur, chief justice Siddharth Mridul along with Law and Legislative Affairs Minister Th Basantakumar Singh, judges of Manipur High Court, namely Justice A Bimol Singh, Justice A Guneshwar Sharma and Justice Golmei Gaiphulsillu Kabui. Advocate General Lenin Singh Hijam was among the presidium members.