New Delhi: Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra today asked budding lawyers and judges not to get swayed away by infighting and distractions that come their way and suggested them to deal with such situations courageously.
He was addressing law students at the sixth convocation of the National Law University here.
“You are required to develop an attitude not to get swayed away by the infighting and distractions that come your way. Remain firm and courageous,” CJI Misra told the students.
He said it was important for budding lawyers to familiarise themselves with the undercurrents of various social diversities and disparities that divide society.
“Unless you do it, you will find it difficult to mature in your role either as a lawyer or as an administrator… Without having a comprehensive and pragmatic understanding of social realities, you may not be able to correlate law and social impulses,” he said.
The CJI said the “welfare of people is the supreme law” and hoped that the newcomers would move up the scale of their profession by taking deprived sections of society along.
2017 saw a significant drop of nearly 27 per cent in award of death penalty by sessions courts but showed an increase in number of convicts sent to gallows for murders involving sexual violence, a report published by the National Law University (NLU) said.
The report titled ‘Death Penalty in India, Annual Statistics for the year 2017’ said that in 2016, 149 persons were sentenced to death, while only 109 convicts were awarded capital punishment in 2017.
Out of the 109 death punishments awarded by sessions courts last year, the high courts commuted 53 cases and acquitted 35 persons, it said.
However, the report also showed an increase in number of convicts sent to gallows for murders involving sexual violence in the year 2017.
It said 43 convicts were awarded death for murders involving sexual violence in 2017, which is 19 more than the year before.
Among the states, Maharashtra tops the list with 67 prisoners on death row. The state had 47 death row prisoners in 2016, the report said.
However, the death row population in Karnataka reduced from 27 in 2016 to 12 in 2017, owing to various commutations and acquittals by the high court.
The report also revealed that as on December 31, 2017, a total of 371 prisoners were on death row across the country.
Moot competition which was organised by in the DU’s Campus Law Center has been won by The National Law University (NLU), Jodhpur today.
The three-day-long competition saw participation from as many as 54 different universities and institutions of India as well as of the UK, the US, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.
The NLU, Jodhpur bagged the first award and the North Umbria University of England was declared the runners up, it said, adding that the prizes were given by Supreme Court judge Justice S S Nijjar.
The final round of the competition on the topic ‘Narcotics trial by media and defence entrapment’ was judged by three sitting judges of the Delhi High Court, justices Reva Khetrapal, Manmohan and Indermeet Kaur.
The prize for the best speaker was bagged by a student of National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata.
The competition is held every year since 2005 in memory of K K Luthra, a renowned Delhi-based criminal lawyer.
Earlier, Supreme Court judge Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai had inaugurated the competition.