Pune: Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, Advocate General (AG), Maharashtra government, said that amendments to existing laws must not be pursued unless there is some infrastructure to support the same. He was speaking during Justice YV Chandrachud Memorial Public Lecture on ‘Legal System Reforms (Beta Version: 8)’ at Symbiosis Law School, Viman Nagar, on Sunday.
Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani, Prof Dr SB Mujumdar, Chancellor of Symbiosis International University, Dr Shashikala Gurpur, Director of Symbiosis Law School, and Dr Bindu Ronald, Deputy Director, were also present on the occasion.
Adv Kumbhakoni commented on the need for the Bar Council to take on a more proactive role, and how amendments to existing laws must not be pursued unless there is some infrastructure to support the same.
“The Aurangabad bench of the Mumbai High Court had resolved 2,920 matters in a single year, an all-time national record, through the Lok Adalat system. There is need of ‘housekeeping’ of official records, as in several instances, matters are left pending before the court even though the disputes have already lapsed, especially in matters related to elections, student admission, public tenders, employment and so on. According to me, an apt time period for disposal of cases would be three months. There should be an Ombudsman, in the capacity of a mediator, rather than an adjudicator to review cases that should be taken up by the court,” Kumbhakoni said.
He exhorted the students to join active legal practice and the judiciary. He enlightened the audience on various revolutionary laws that have recently been enacted, such as the 2015 amendment of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, where a disposal period of one year was imposed, as well as the creation of commercial courts to expedite commercial disputes and encourage foreign investment, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016, which he commented would be the future of litigation for upcoming lawyers, the Real Estate and Regulation Act, 2016, which has its own tribunal and has barred the jurisdiction of civil courts in such matters.
‘Modi will lose next polls’
† Jethmalani said that people brought Narendra Modi to power with high hopes but he has not lived upto their expectations. “Now people think that they committed a big mistake by electing him. In the next election, not only will he will lose power, but he may leave the country as well. I think Mamata Banerjee will become the next Prime Minister,” Jethmalani added.