Allahabad: Asserting that ‘Justice delayed is justice denied’, President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday called for speedy and affordable justice to all.
Speaking at the 150th foundation day of the Allahabad High Court, President Mukherjee said that for justice to have meaning for the people, it must be accessible, affordable and quick.
“Our courts are today overburdened on account of large number of cases pending before them. There are over three crore cases pending in various courts throughout the country. Out of these about 38.5 lakh cases are pending in 24 High Courts. The pendency of cases in the High Courts has slightly declined from 41.5 lakh in 2014 to 38.5 lakh in 2015, but we still have a long way to go,” he said in his address.
“Justice delayed is justice denied. The governments, judges and lawyers must work hand in hand to make justice a living reality,” he added.
Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, and Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court D.Y. Chandrachud were also present during the occasion. (ANI)