Published: 04th September 2019
High number of pending cases unique to India, burden on common man: Former CJI Balakrishnan
The former CJI called for "filling up a large number of vacancies in the judiciary" on priority basis to tackle the critical issue
Expressing concern over the "undue delay" in the existing justice delivery system, former Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan said that "more than 67.5 per cent" of the prisoners in the country's jails are under trials.
Addressing a two-day national seminar on 'Towards a Just India' at the Aligarh Muslim University on Tuesday, the former chief justice made a fervent call for "speeding up" the justice delivery system and "reducing the large number of pending cases" in different session and high courts in the country.
The issue of unusually high pending cases in different courts is unique to India and a big burden on the common man, he said. "Even civil cases take a long time and this is detrimental to the rights of the people and the fate of their families," he said.
The former CJI called for "filling up the large number of vacancies in the judiciary" on priority basis to tackle the critical issue. Delivering the presidential address, noted scholar and former professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Anand Kumar said, "We are moving towards a dangerous nexus between the money power and state power and there was an urgent need for an enlightened media to play its due role in safeguarding democratic institutions and protecting the rights of marginalised people."
The seminar, which concluded on Wednesday, was organised by the Department of Political Science, AMU.