Vice-president stresses accessible, credible judiciary

New Delhi:┬áTaking a cue from the Chief Justice of India’s view that justice loses character if it becomes revenge, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu has initiated a debate on the issue of speedy justice.

“The judicial processes should become more people-friendly. It’s the responsibility of all to ensure that the justice delivery mechanism is accessible, credible, equitable and transparently even-handed.

“The pendency of cases in courts is a cause of concern. Immediate action and collective efforts by the bar and the bench are needed to reduce this heavy pendency. Justice delayed is justice denied,” said the Vice-President.

Stating that crimes against women are a matter of grave concern, Naidu said, “We should make the institutions that are responsible for law enforcement and dispensing justice more agile. We need more fast-track courts. In fact, the process itself should be fast tracked. Speed and objectivity are the key ingredients of an efficient judicial system.” he said

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He said certain category of cases, like the election petitions and criminal cases against sitting MPs and MLAs, and disqualification proceedings under the anti-defection law, must be decided in a time-bound manner.

On matters relating to disqualification of a legislator for changing parties, the chairperson of the legislative bodies must set a time-frame, said the Vice President.

“Any delay in the justice delivery in such cases erode public confidence in the judicial and legislative bodies,” he said.

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