Shimla: Justice Madan B. Lokur, Judge of Supreme Court of India said the judiciary has played a very vital role in providing justice to the down trodden section of the society through Public Interest Litigation(PIL).

Justice Lokur, speaking at the 4th Lecture on the series of Lecture on “Different Facets of Indian Constitution” was organized today in the High Court of Himachal Pradesh by the HP State Legal Services Authority, said that through PIL has helped the Supreme Court and High Courts to protect the right of prisoners, poor sections of the society, women and children etc.

Necessitating judicial activism to impart fair justice to the common people, learned Justice cautioned to use it judiciously. He also expressed concern over the Social and Economic justice in the society. He said, at present 60% wealth of nation was possessed by only 1% population of the country whereas, 99% population was left with only 40% wealth of the nation. He said that policy makers and economist should come up with remedies to cope up with such issues to provide economic justice to the people.

Justice Lokur praised the idea of organizing Lok Adalat, pre-litigation programme and tree plantation by the Legal Services Authority. He also inaugurated mediation centre in the H.P. High Court premises on the occasion.

Justice Sanjay Karol, Acting Chief Justice of H.P. High Court, Justice Dharam Chand Chaudhary, Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan, Justice Sureshwar Thakur, Justice Vivek Singh Thakur, Justice Ajay Mohan Goel, Justice Sandeep Sharma and Justice Chander Bhusan Barowalia, Retired High Court Judges were present on the occasion.