To overcome shortage of public prosecutors for presenting criminal cases on behalf of the government in Metropolitan Magistrate and Sessions courts, the proposal to create 23 posts of assistant public prosecutor, 31 posts of additional public prosecutor and one post of chief prosecutor in the Directorate of Prosecution under the non-plan scheme has been approved by Delhi Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung.
“The Directorate of Prosecution was facing acute shortage of public prosecutors for presenting cases in various Metropolitan Magistrate and Sessions courts and had requested the department for sanctions to create the requisite number of public prosecutors,” additional secretary (Home) G P Singh said.
“High Court had also issued a number of directions to meet the shortage of public prosecutors so that the criminal justice system does not suffer…,” Singh said.
The Home Department is also making efforts to create additional posts in newly opened courts, as per a High Court directive to keep a back up of 10 per cent of the strength of public prosecutors in every district to ensure that, during emergencies, criminal courts do not go unrepresented.
Singh said filling up of posts will begin shortly. The Directorate of Prosecution already has a strength of 160 assistant public prosecutors, 71 additional public prosecutors and 14 chief prosecutors.