Inaugurating the centenary celebration of the Patna High Court here, the President added there would be cases of "stress and strain," but independence of the judiciary should be preserved in any case.

Mukherjee highlighted huge pendency of cases in courts in the country and also shortage of judges, but cited that the quality of judgement should not be effected due to this.

He urged more than 20 lakh cases were pending in different courts of Bihar, 1.25 lakh of them in the Patna High Court itself.

The President also stressed on greater use of new technology and Information Technology tools for speedy delivery of justice in courts.

He underlined the need for providing more resources to further improve infrastructure of subordinate judiciary.

President Mukherjee pointed to a news report and headline in an English daily which highlighted autonomy of judiciary.

He said the report pointed out how the first Chief Justice of the Patna High Court Sir Edward Maynard Deschamps Chamier refused to invite the then Bihar Lieutenant-Governor Sir Edward Gait and other functionaries of the executive to the inauguration of the judicial session on March 1, 1916.

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