PANAJI: India’s Chief Justice SA Bobde on Saturday praised Goa’s Uniform Civil Code and said the state already has what the constitution-makers envisioned for all of India. “I have had the great privilege of administering justice under this code,” said Bobde at the inauguration of a new High Court building in Porvorim.
“It applies in marriage and inheritance, governing all Goans regardless of their religious affiliation. I have heard a lot of academics talking about the Uniform Civil Code. I ask all of these intellectuals to just come here and look at it. ‘administration of justice to find out what it turns out to be,’ he said.
Bobde, who often sat in Goa during his tenure as a Bombay HC judge, said the variety of cases was unique to this bench.
“In India, if there is a bench that gives you the variety of experiences and challenges that the Supreme Court has, it is only the constitutional bench in Goa. When you sit on a constitutional bench in Goa, you can expect to hear a land acquisition case, a section 302 murder appeal, a public interest litigation, an administrative law issue, income tax, land tax, sale and excise duty. ”
Speaking about the liberation of Goa, he said that although Goa was liberated later than the rest of the country, the most distinct thing about it was that she was “completely bloodless”.
“No shots were fired, no bodies were taken away. When the Liberation took place, a few incidents happened, but basically it was not a conflict between the two armies, which is very different from Liberati -on in other places like Hyderabad, “he told me.