NEW DELHI: Union law minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday said the government and judiciary were duty bound to protect the fundamental rights of citizens, but the country would reach great heights only when everyone put their fundamental duties above their rights.
Speaking at an event in Greater Noida to mark the 26th anniversary of NALSA, he said the trial courts, where nearly 4 crore cases are pending, required the maximum support from the higher courts and the government. Rijiju praised Chief Justice of India N V Ramana as the man who has strengthened the judiciary and said “such a judge is a true blessing for the country”.
The CJI said, “In the recent past, Rijiju is the only law minister who understood the hard work put in by the ju-dges and the judiciary.” He said, “While the concept of legal aid was institutionalised in 1995, the actual legal aid movement started much before our Independence when several legal stalwarts provided pro-bono services to freedom fighters.”

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