Bring scheme to fast-track justice delivery system, SC tells government

It asked the Centre to take all the states into confidence to work out a scheme to fast-track criminal justice system.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published:August 1, 2014 1:38 pm
Supreme court said its premises were "choked" with heavy traffic. The bench said that it was high time the government should work out a policy on an urgent basis so that cases do not linger in courts for decades.

The Supreme Court on Friday urged the government to come out with a comprehensive scheme to fast-track criminal justice delivery system in the country.

A bench led by Chief Justice R M Lodha asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to seek instructions from the government if there is any policy on anvil to speed up the trials and if not, to formulate such a policy.

Regretting the slow pace of trials, the bench said that it was high time the government should work out a policy on an urgent basis so that cases do not linger in courts for decades.

Seeking a proposal from the government in four weeks, the bench observed: “Courts must be strengthened for good governance. Creation of special courts for certain categories as knee-jerk reactions won’t help..comprehensive steps must be taken for speeding up all trials.”

The bench , also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton F Nariman, added that CJI Lodha the pace of criminal justice delivery system was not at all satisfactory and that more courts and infrastructure were required quickly.

On the issue of the government seeking expeditious trials of MPS, the court reminded the AG that the institutional fast-track courts were no longer in existence and it may not be possible to speed up all sorts of trials.

The court asked the Centre to take all the states into confidence to work out a scheme to fast-track criminal justice system.

The bench was hearing a PIL relating to repatriation of Pakistani prisoners who have either served their jail terms in India or are waiting conclusion of their trials.

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    Krish Desikan
    Aug 1, 2014 at 12:35 pm
    Effective law and order with quick decision is a must for the economy of the country. Laws must be same for all. Just imagine a law to seize all unaccounted black money and other ets will improve our economy and will bring down the real estate prices. With the existing price can an ordinary man with bank loan will not be able to buy. People with black money always will have upper hand they only add up to their wealth. Just imagine more than 60% indias filing tax returns will not only boost the economy and can compete in the international market. Our country as of now with tail law and order is like ship without propeller and plane without engine. Mr Modi, please up. Time to act to make laws effective with your mandate. Dont be like the predecessors Nehru, Indra and Rajiv hi. They had mandate but ed the country just to win the election and to be in power. Please act now.Krish Desikan
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    Citizen
    Aug 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm
    Good hope the rulers would definitely do something about this long pending issue in the interests of nation/citizens and law and order of the society. They may consider in curtailing adjournments/appeals where the punishment is less than 2/3 years prison sentence, increase and encourage other methods like arbitration etc along with infra (high tech) for completion of the cases. Jaihind
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