Insufficient courts resulted in piling up of cases: Law Minister

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‘Verma Commission recommendations will be put before all party meet’

SRINAGAR: Admitting that due to less number of courts, cases have piled up in various courts across the state, Minister of Law and Parliamentary Affairs, Mir Saifullah said expediting the disposal of cases pending in state’s courts would remain his top priority. He said the committee constituted for studying the Justice Verma Committee recommendations has been asked to give its report in shortest possible time.

“It will be our priority to expedite disposal of cases pending in courts. We will strengthen coordination between judiciary and the law department to ensure that people’s woes are solved who have been suffering for lack of speedy trials of their cases”, the Minister said in an interview on Monday.

The minister said he was planning to meet the Chief Justice of the State High Court in this regard. “We will also meet bar associations at Jammu and Srinagar to get their inputs apart from organizing a conference to evolve a strategy to ensure that cases don’t pile up in courts”, he added.

Calling the judiciary a sacred institution, the Law Minister said the government would set up more courts and improve upon judicial infrastructure in the state to achieve the objective.

“Some historical judgments have been given by courts of JK. It will be my department’s endeavour to take corrective action where ever there is scope for improvement to strengthen the confidence of people in the judiciary”. He said the law ministry would consult eminent jurists, justices and lawyers to work out a plan for further improving the judicial process in the state.

On complaints of some detenues that their cases were being delayed, the law Minister said they will work for expediting the cases to deliver speedy justice to people.

With regard to the implementation of Justice Verma Recommendations in the state, the law Minister said the department was looking into the recommendations for implementation in the state. “A committee has been setup which will give its report on speedy basis. Then we will call an all party meeting to discuss the recommendation. Accordingly we will go ahead and decide about the recommendations”, Mir Saifullah said.

He said the law department would also look into complaints of Juvenile detentions and slapping of PSA against minors. “If we find any such cases, we will withdraw the cases against them”, he said.

The law Minister dismissed the views that the article 370 of Indian constitution was bing eroded. “There can be no erosion, as neither the parliament nor the state government can amend it”.

On issuance of illegal state subject certificates to non-residents , he said, “If state subjects have been given to non state subjects, there is a commission that looks into that and quashes any illegal certificates”

With regard to allegations of misuse of law by police and other security forces, he said the law is same for every one. “Forces are bound to work within the ambit of law.  If there are any such complaints, we will take action as per law. If there are such faults where people have been wrongly implicated we will take corrective measures”, he added. (KNS)

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