'Goa Has What Constitution Makers Envisaged': CJI Hails Uniform Civil Code of State

CJI S.A. Bobde called upon intellectuals to visit the state to see how it had affected the administration of justice in the state.

New Delhi: Amidst the ongoing debate on the uniform civil code (UCC) in the country, chief justice of India (CJI) S.A. Bobde hailed the UCC of Goa on Saturday, March 27, and advised intellectuals who often speak on the issue to visit the state to see how it affected the administration of justice.

The chief justice was in Goa’s Porvorim to inaugurate a new building for Bombay high court and touched upon the contentious issue. “Goa has what constitutional framers envisaged for India  – a Uniform Civil Code,” he declared, and added that he had had the privilege of administering such under “that code”.

Continuing further, he said, “It applies in marriage and succession, governing all Goans irrespective of religious affiliation. I have heard a lot of academic talk about the Uniform Civil Code. I would request all those intellectuals to simply come here and learn the administration of justice to know what it turns out to be.”

Recounting the days when he served in the Goa bench of the Bombay high court, he said there was something unique to the particular bench and that was the variety of cases he had heard. He said that if in India there is any bench that gives a variety of experiences and challenges as Supreme Court, it is only the constitution bench at Goa.

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“When you sit on a constitution bench in Goa, You can expect to hear a land acquisition case, a Section 302 murder appeal, a public interest litigation, a question under administrative law, income tax, sales tax and excise law,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Justice N.V. Ramana, who is set to become the next chief justice of India, called for the modernisation of judicial infrastructure and the establishment of the National Judicial Infrastructure Corporation.

“Talking of impediments in the path of modernisation, financial constraints must never come in the path of progress. There is a need for the Centre and States to co-operate and create a National Judicial Infrastructure Corporation, as a one-time measure, to cater to the need for judicial infrastructure in the country. Such a corporation would bring the uniformity and standardisation required to revolutionise judicial infrastructure,” Ramana said, according to the Indian Express.