The Talk take us through the evolution of Public Interest Litigation (PIL), and its advantages. It covers cases where Justice Lokur was concerned with and how the gaps in governance were sought to be filled in.
The Talk covers some recent decisions of the Supreme Court and why it appears to be failing in its constitutional responsibility.
Justice Madan Lokur, Retd Judge Supreme Court of India & Judge, Supreme Court of Fiji
Justice Madan Bhimarao Lokur retired recently as a Judge of the Supreme Court after an extraordinary career in law and judiciary. He is hugely respected for his commitment to justice, fairness and his deep knowledge of the law.
Justice Lokur is presently a Judge of Supreme Court of Fiji, the first ever Indian judge of a foreign country.
He is also former Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court and Gauhati High Court and Judge of Delhi High Court.
Justice Lokur is known for his keen interest in Juvenile Justice and child rights. He was chairperson of Juvenile Justice Committee of Delhi High Court and laterone man Juvenile Justice Committee of Supreme Court of India. He was also chairperson of the eCommittee of the Supreme Court for computerisation of the courts in the country. He was also Executive Chairperson of the National Legal Services Authority.
Justice Lokur has been part of several landmark judgments in his career.
Justice Lokur has done pioneering work in the matter of Public Interest Litigations. He was the presiding judge of the Social Justice Bench. He exclusively heard Public Interest Litigation Petitions often related to socio-economic matters and environmental issues.
The concept of continuous mandamus was strengthened and effectively utilized by the Social Justice Bench. He is hugely admired for his judgments and orders protecting the Aravalis, the Taj Mahal and hauling up the industries for their large scale pollution.
Justice Lokur has shaped human rights jurisprudence, covering the right to food, shelter, health, dignity and livelihood.