Observing there there was “a need to assess the district-wise requirement for special public prosecutors (SPP)”, the Delhi High Court directed the government to give a report on the number of pending cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act that can be assigned to each prosecutor.
Advocate Gaurav Bansal, who had filed the PIL seeking appointment of special prosecutors, told the court that over 1,640 cases under the POCSO Act were pending before the 11 district courts and the Juvenile Justice Board till June this year.
Only 266 cases were disposed of between January and June, according to the data submitted to the court. The number of cases under the POCSO Act have increased from 1,259 in 2013 to 1,640 this year.
“Is there a formula on how many cases can be assigned to a prosecutor,” the court asked after it was informed that SPPs have not been appointed and that the cases under POCSO Act have been assigned as extra work to additional public prosecutors assigned to the Sessions court. “The system needs more special public prosecutors,” the court of chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw said and asked the government to file a response in two weeks.