Patna, Apr.18 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said that the independence of judiciary is the cornerstone of India's democracy. Addressing a distinguished gathering here on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of the Patna High Court, President Mukherjee said, "The independence of the judiciary is the cornerstone of our democracy. Recalling the glorious history of the high court, he said, "When the foundation stone of the Patna High Court building was laid on December 1, 1913, the then Viceroy and Governor-General of India, Lord Hardinge, had said: "I feel assured, that within its walls in future days, justice will be administered with courage and impartiality, to the terror of evil-doers, and to the triumph of every cause which is right and true, so that the High Court of Bihar shall earn a name for sound sense and good law." The President stated that if any one goes through the history of the Patna High Court, it will be seen that the court has more than lived up to that expectation of Lord Hardinge, and added that landmark judgements have been delivered by this court.
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