India doesn’t need lessons from any country on rule of law – Vice President

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar of India reiterated the nation’s firm dedication to the rule of law and the autonomy of its judicial system during the 70th Founders’ Day celebrations of the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) in New Delhi.

| Updated: 29 March, 2024 8:59 pm IST

NEW DELHI: Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar of India reiterated the nation’s firm dedication to the rule of law and the autonomy of its judicial system during the 70th Founders’ Day celebrations of the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) in New Delhi.

He emphasised India’s robust democracy and rejected any insinuation that the country requires guidance on legal principles. Dhankhar stressed the importance of “equality before the law” in contemporary India, asserting that accountability is now a fundamental aspect of governance. He criticised attempts to evade responsibility under the guise of human rights advocacy, stating that such actions undermine the legal process.

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Expressing confidence in India’s impartial judicial system, the Vice President questioned the rationale behind street protests in response to legal proceedings, rejecting the portrayal of transgressors as victims.

He highlighted the changing dynamics of corruption, emphasizing that it no longer leads to advancement but instead results in incarceration. Dhankhar dismissed any notion of leniency towards corrupt individuals, emphasising the necessity of consistently upholding the rule of law.

Commending the judiciary for its pro-people stance, Dhankhar called for unity against efforts to undermine India’s democratic institutions. He advocated for India’s rightful place in global decision-making bodies, including a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

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