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Justice Khanwilkar’s farewell: Onerous-working and disciplined, says CJI

Chief Justice of India N V Ramana on Friday termed outgoing Supreme Court docket decide Justice A M Khanwilkar as a “hard-working and disciplined decide” and “a robust proponent for the usage of know-how” within the judiciary.

Addressing a farewell occasion organised for the decide, the CJI stated “his work ethic is evident for all to see. He has authored over 187 judgments and disposed of almost 8,446 instances in Supreme Court docket”.

The CJI recalled that within the case Swapnil Tripathy vs Supreme Court docket of India, Justice Khanwilkar, “writing for almost all, made live-streaming of Court docket proceedings a chance”.

Writing for the bench additionally comprising Justice D Y Chandrachud, Justice Khanwilkar had within the 2018 judgment stated “sluggish as now we have been to adapt to the complexities of our age, it’s crucial for the judiciary to maneuver apace with know-how. By embracing know-how, we might solely promote a higher diploma of confidence within the judicial course of”.

The CJI additionally recalled that Justice Khanwilkar “was part of the Structure Bench in Public Curiosity Basis vs Union of India which made the disclosure of felony antecedents of contesting candidates obligatory” and “in Kalpana Mehta vs Union of India…which held that judicial discover of Parliamentary Standing Committee Reviews could be taken”.

Ever since he took over the chairmanship of the Supreme Court docket Authorized Providers Committee in August 2021, Justice Khanwilkar additionally actively promoted the usage of know-how within the functioning of the committee. “He conceptualised and launched the SCLSC On-line Portal to allow entry to justice for all”, the CJI identified.

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Recalling his efforts to digitise the Madhya Pradesh HC, the CJI stated that even within the SC, Justice Khanwilkar was on the forefront of the digitisation initiative and performed “a major position in…the launch of the Quick and Secured Transmission of Digital Information (FASTER) software program” as member, after which as Chairman, of the Computerisation Committee.

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