New Delhi: The Delhi high court completed 50 years on Monday—decades marked by landmark cases ranging from the right to equality to taxation, family and company law but, equally, an often-frustrating wait for justice.

“Access to justice should be a reality for all and people should not have to wait for justice for years at end," said T.S. Thakur, chief justice of India (CJI), at an event held to mark the golden jubilee.

On this, he was assured support by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who pledged financial help to make swift access to justice a reality.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, congratulating the institution, held that the best way to serve justice would be to draft laws that leave little room for interpretation and gaps.

Speakers also highlighted the urgent need to preserve the judiciary’s independence, with Kejriwal saying that this would be impossible in a setting where judges’ phones are tapped—a claim later denied by the law minister.

Both Thakur and Delhi HC chief justice G. Rohini said that the HC has now become a hub of legal activity on intellectual property rights (IPR).

“IPR judgments passed by this court are getting noticed alongside decision from international courts. That by itself is a great achievement," said Thakur.

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