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Three months on, two district courts still without judges

The case was listed for hearing on Friday but was adjourned to November 14.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi |
October 18, 2014 2:32:41 am

The Northeast and Northwest district courts — in Karkardooma and Rohini court complexes, respectively — have been functioning without a district judge for the past several weeks. As a result, administrative decisions as well as court cases have been pending, officials said.

Earlier in May, District and Sessions Judge (Northeast district) J R Aryan retired. Officials said no one has been appointed in his place and the work is being handled by another judge.

Cases such as the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case — in which Congress leader Sajjan Kumar is an accused — have been adjourned repeatedly since Aryan, who was hearing the case, retired.

“The matter is at the stage of prosecution evidence and has been stalled because there is no judge in the court. We have had four adjournments — in May, July, August, September — and now in October,” senior advocate H S Phoolka, counsel for the riot victims, said.

The case was listed for hearing on Friday but was adjourned to November 14.

“We will ask the CBI to file an application to get the case transferred to some other court as the delay is getting longer,” Phoolka said.

Four other sessions courts in the Karkardooma complex are currently without a judge.

The Northwest district court is facing the same problem since July. The officiating district judge, Yashwant Kumar, oversees the sessions court and deals with various criminal matters. Sources said, as a result, administrative work and civil matters are suffering.

“We have only one land acquisition court when there are supposed to be two…,” Rohini Bar Association Secretary Satnarain Sharma said.

“The former district judge was promoted and sent to the Delhi High Court as a registrar in July. Since then, no one has been appointed. The officiating judge has a lot of work and so he keeps giving adjournments,” Sharma said.

Sources said the appointments and promotions based on the District Higher Judicial Services are made by the Delhi High Court. “Two districts don’t have judges and several more promotions and appointments are pending. The decision should be taken soon,” a senior official of the High Court said.

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