New Delhi: Showering praise on Narendra Modi, Supreme Court judge Justice Arun Mishra called the Prime Minister a ‘versatile genius, who thinks globally and acts locally’. Notably Mishra was delivering the vote of thanks at the inaugural function of the International Judicial Conference 2020 – ‘Judiciary and the Changing World’ at the Supreme Court when he complemented PM Modi and Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for ‘doing away with 1,500 obsolete laws’. Also Read - PM Modi Unlikely to Accompany Donald Trump For His Visit to Taj Mahal: Report

“India is a responsible and most friendly member of the international community under the “stewardship” of Modi. We thank the versatile genius, who thinks globally and acts locally, Shri Narendra Modi, for his inspiring speech which would act as a catalyst in initiating the deliberations and setting the agenda for the conference,” Justice Mishra stated. Also Read - PM Modi to Inaugurate ICJ And First-ever Khelo India University Games Through Video-conferencing

Earlier in the day, PM Modi had also addressed the event and had lauded the Indian judiciary for redefining environmental jurisprudence to strike a balance between development and ecological protection. He also spoke about recent crucial judgements, in an apparent reference to path-breaking verdicts including in the politically-sensitive Ayodhya case.

The Prime Minister had said no country or society in the world can claim to achieve holistic development without gender justice and referred to laws on transgenders, ‘triple talaq’ and on the rights of ‘Divyang’ (persons with disabilities).

Speaking at the occasion, Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said India is a ‘melting pot of cultures’ and has assimilated the cultures of Mughals, Dutch, Portuguese and English. “Constitution has created a strong and independent judiciary and we have strived to keep this basic feature intact,” the CJI had said.

Later Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also addressed the event and said terrorists and corrupt people have “no right to privacy” and such persons should not be allowed to abuse the system. Prasad said governance must be left to elected representatives and delivering judgements should be left to judges.

(With agency inputs)