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BCI chief: 'Narendra Modi is Mahatma Gandhi reborn' | NaMo: 'Never seen a court'

NaMo: Not seen courts or chambers (unlike Mahatma)
NaMo: Not seen courts or chambers (unlike Mahatma)
Narendra Modi, Bar Council of India chairman Manan Kumar Mishra and legion of judges convened at a BCI function in Gandhinagar. [click for photo of Mishra and Modi]

Prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi has said at the end of a Gandhinagar function commemorating 50 years of the Bar Council of India (BCI), as reported by the Indian Express:

"This is a field in which I am not worthy enough to say anything, because never in my life was I booked for a case of even parking on the wrong side. I have neither gone to any advocate’s office nor have seen any court premises… If I have seen courts they were only in films," said Modi.

Meanwhile, BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said: “Mahatma Gandhi is reborn in Narendra Modi."

Mishra added: "We chose Gujarat for this programme after looking at the atmosphere in 2014 [...] In 2013, we had invited Manmohan Singh, but after seeing the wave of 2014, we have decided to address the issues over here. It was essentially needed that our national leader should know about the plight of legal fraternity."

The PTI reported that Modi added, on the subject of reducing the pendency of cases:

"If we focus on a policy-driven governance, if there is good governance, pendency of cases will be reduced... Numerous litigations are filed by people against the government as there is no clear policy on many issues."

Modi also suggested that legal issues should be aired on television, akin to TV's parliamentary broadcast: "Why shouldn't we make a programme on legal issues which can be broadcast at least once in a week. If Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha channels can be run, why not a channel on judiciary."

The event was attended by a battery of Supreme Court judges and high court judges and chief justices, according to the Express.



Photo by Al Jazeera

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