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Sorabjee lauds SC verdict in Best Bakery case

Wednesday 23 June 2004

New Delhi, Apr 18 (PTI) Attorney General of India Soli J Sorabjee today lauded the recent Supreme Court verdict in the Best Bakery case saying it upheld rule of law in the country. "The judgement shows that the Supreme Court discharges its duties fearlessly to uphold the rule of the law," he said addressing a "Lawyers Meet" organised by the All India Conference of Intellectuals here.

Sorabjee, who was conferred with the title of "the great legal luminary of India" at the meet, also touched upon the topic of Public Interest Litigations. Admitting that there was misuse of PIL’s, the Attorney General, however, termed as "obnoxious", voices in favour of a total ban on them. Opining that PIL’s have helped many a section of people achieve their basic rights, he said "PIL’s should be regulated, but not curtailed." Senior Advocate Anil Dewan, who also received the title of great legal luminary from Supreme Court Judge Justice K G Balakrishnan on the occasion, said the apex court, Election Commission and Comptroller and Auditor General of India had played a vital role to ensure that rule of law prevails in the country. This was possible as they were free of executive control, he said and called for creating more such bodies. Addl Solicitor General Altaf Ahmed reminded him that an independent press had an equally important role to play. Ahmed, former Chief Justice of India A S Ahmadi, Solicitor General Kirit Raval, Addl Solicitor Generals Raju Ramachandran and L Nageshwar Rao and Senior Advocates V R Reddy and V Laxmikumaran were among others presented with the title of "great legal luminary" at the function.

See online : Outlook India

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in Outlook India, PTI, April 18, 2004.

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