May 5, 2016 4:04:11 am
To DRAW attention to the shortage of judges and pending cases with the Indian judiciary, over 100 members of the Punjab Culture and Heritage Conservative Initiative organised a black flag protest at Sector 17 Plaza on Wednesday.
According to the sanctioned strength of judges as of December 31, 2015, the Indian judiciary is currently short of 20,502 judges in lower courts, 1,065 high court judges and 31 judges in the Supreme Court.
“Judiciary is an important pillar of the Indian democracy and justice delayed is justice denied. With about 3.8 crore cases still pending in courts over the last decade, the victims are getting demoralised and more of criminals are encouraged due to the slow justice system. The need of the hour is to appoint more judges in the courts of India,” said Gursimrat Singh Randhawa, convener of the Students’ Grievance Redressal Body of the Punjab Culture and Heritage Conservative Initiative.
Another member of the students body said: “When timely justice is not ensured to the people of a nation, they start losing faith in the democracy. The Indian democracy must live up to the name of being one of the largest democracies of the world by ensuring a fair judicial system.”
Raising slogans in favour of ensuring justice to the victims, the students raised slogans demanding fast tracking the appointments of judges by the government and judiciary.
A week-long campaign has also been initiated across Punjab by the Students’ Grievance Redressal Body to stress on the issue.
“The protest was started from Amritsar on May 2 and we also visited Amritsar on May 3. We now intend to take the movement to other cities of Punjab and eventually conclude the protest by May 9 in New Delhi and appeal to the All India Bar Association,” added Randhawa.
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