Judiciary is neglected wing of state:Justice Ganguly

New Delhi: Justice A K Ganguly, whose bench delivered Supreme Court`s landmark 2G spectrum verdict, lamented that judiciary is a "neglected wing" of state and asserted Government cannot use "cash crunch" as an excuse.

"In our country, Judiciary, I am sorry to say, is neglected wing of the state out of the three wings. The importance of judiciary cannot be under-estimated. But think of the budgetary allocation of the judiciary. It is much less than one per cent," Justice Ganguly told PTI in an interview.

Expressing concern over non-implementation of promises made by various governments to improve judicial infrastructure, he said justice cannot be denied to the people, which is their fundamental right, "on the plea of cash crunch and some other excuses". Justice Ganguly retired last Thursday after delivering the 2G verdict.

"Promises are made for improving the structure of judiciary. They are mostly on paper. The right to access the court is constitutional guarantee. Our entire constitutional structure is based on rendering justice," he said, adding that Indian judges are most hardworking and work under tremendous pressure.

"The infrastructure is very inadequate. Judge-population ratio is the lowest in India even if you compare it with other developing countries. Among Asian democracies and if you even consider all the countries in the developed democracies. the India democracy can be considered as best in the world."

"The Indian Judge is the most hard working judge. He is under tremendous pressure. At the same time he has to deliver and he does deliver justice. He has miles to go to make to make Constitution alive better," he said.