The main objective of the Symposium is to have an opportunity to share the thoughts and vision of eminent Judges of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India on this important subject, since India has now emerged as the 5th largest economy in the world and 3rd largest on purchasing power parity and will be 3rd largest economy by the end of 2030.


“In a democracy, the well-being, individuality and happiness of every citizen is important for the overall prosperity, peace an happiness of the nation.” 

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Dr. Kalam's words aptly summarize the intrinsic relationship between the existence of an independent judiciary and a vibrant democracy.
After all, under the Constitution of India, it is the judiciary, led by the Supreme Court of India,1 that has been primarily entrusted with the responsibility to safeguard the rights and freedoms of an individual against infractions by the other organs of the State; thereby, ensuring the prosperity, peace, and happiness of the nation.

To quote Justice (Retd.) P. N. Bhagwati:

“The concept of independence of judiciary is a noble concept which inspires the constitutional
scheme and constitutes the foundation on which rests the edifice of our democratic polity. If there is
one principle which runs through the entire fabric of the entire Constitution, it is the principle of the
rule of law and under the Constitution, it is the judiciary which is entrusted with the task of keeping
every organ of the State within the limits of the law and thereby making the rule of law meaningful
and effective.”2

1 The Constitution of India, Article 124(1).
2 The First Judges Case, 1981 Supp SCC 87, para. 27.

Who Should Attend

The Symposium is expected to be attended by a high-powered audience, comprising of eminent jurists, policymakers, lawyers, in-house counsels, leaders from the legal fraternity, dispute resolution professionals, business leaders, leading corporates, business and trade chambers, government officials and friends from media & press to cover the event.


DATE: 04.03.2023


N. G. KHAITAN, President BHARAT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE and INDIAN COUNCIL OF ARBITRATION cordially invites you to a SYMPOSIUM on 'Independent Judiciary: Critical for a Vibrant Democracy'

Events Details

Session Highlights

Welcome Address: Mr. N G Khaitan, President, Bharat Chamber & Commerce & President, Indian Council of Arbitration
Address: Hon'ble Mr. Justice U. U. Lalit, Former Chief Justice of India
Address: Hon'ble Ms. Justice Hima Kohli, Judge, Supreme Court of India
Special Address: Dr. C. V. Ananda Bose, Hon'ble Governor of West Bengal
Vote of Thanks: Mr. Arun Chawla, Director General, FICCI & Director General ICA

Other Special Features

  • Registration, 6.30 PM – 7.00 PM
  • Dinner, 8.00 PM

Session Chair/Keynote Speakers :

  • DR. C. V. ANANDA BOSE, Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal
  • HON’BLE MS. JUSTICE HIMA KOHLI, Judge, Supreme Court of India
  • HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE UDAY UMESH LALIT, Former Chief Justice of India
  • MR. N. G. KHAITAN, President, ICA & BCC & Senior Partner Khaitan & Co. LLP
  • MR. ARUN CHAWLA, Director General, FICCI & ICA

GST Implementation and ICA

In order to make compliance with GST, effective from 1st July, 2017, the fees and charges of ICA have been slightly changed. The GST charges @18% will henceforth be applicable on the membership and case fees and charges.