President Ram Nath Kovind Wednesday hailed the Supreme Court's efforts to provide judgements in nine vernacular languages to litigants who are not conversant in English saying the issue was "very close to his heart".
He also congratulated the apex court collegium and theCentre for working together to ensure that the top court is now working at itsfull strength of 31 "able judges".
"I appreciate the Supreme Court's open mindedness indeveloping and deploying software that translates judgment texts into differentlanguages. I am certain that with time and experience, the software programwill only improve and incorporate many more languages.
"Our aim should be to ensure that the maximum number ofjudgements of the Supreme Court and the high courts should be available inmajor Indian languages. Ideally this should include judgments on crucialconstitutional matters," Kovind said after inaugurating an additionalbuilding of the Supreme Court.
He noted that priority has been given to judgements relatedto labour laws, consumer protection, family and personal laws, land acquisitionand rental disputes, and similar areas – because these concern common people.
Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi highlighted the role ofthe apex court in nation building, safeguarding and promoting Constitutionalvalues.
"This institution has stood like a sediment ofconstitutional ethos and there have been several occasions where threats to theconstitutional fabric have been warded off by the Supreme Court of India."It would suffice to say that thecommitment of this institution that the call for justice can and does have nocompromise. Supreme Court of India has responded in a manner appropriate andshall continue to do so, round the clock-all over the year," Gogoi said.