No government wants a strong judiciary: SC

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    NEW DELHI: "No government wants a strong judiciary," said the Supreme Court on Friday after it held that meagre budgetary allocations by the Centre and states impeded setting up of additional courts and infrastructure needed to speed up the justice delivery system.

    It said: "Budgetary allocation to judiciary is less than 1% by the governments. This shows their commitment towards judiciary."

    The anguished remark from a Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly came when it was told that in the adjournment marred Amar Singh phone tapping case trial only one witness had been examined in the last four years.

    "This case should have been over in three months. Adjournments have become a cancer to the institutions," said the Bench while discussing with Solicitor General the delay in justice dispensation and the urgent need for increasing the number of courts and infrastructure.

    "The system has already become sick. What can be the expectation of the common man for speedy justice. Even in Supreme Court, a special leave petition takes eight years to reach final hearing," the Bench said.

    "We all give sermons. We go to National Judicial Academy and give lectures to judicial officers asking them to speed up disposal of cases. But where is the infrastructure. They are already under heavy burden. There are only lectures, committees and commissions, but no solutions," it said.

    In the 10th Five-Year Plan (2002-07), the allocation for judiciary was Rs 700 crore, which was 0.07% of the total Plan outlay. Most of the states provide for less than 1% of the budgetary allocations towards judiciary and have not implemented the Supreme Court-approved salary hike for judicial officers.

    Seven yeas ago, then Chief Justice of India R C Lahoti had said: "The governments are under an obligation to provide an adequate machinery for justice, to appoint more judges and to give them better emoluments and facilities, to build more court houses, to enact better laws, to devise better dispute resolution procedures, and to administer more effectively and equitably, rather than to blame lawyers and judges for the increase and proliferation of litigation."

    At present there are around 16,000 trial courts in the states fighting a grim battle to dispose around 2.4 crore cases pending with them.

    Read more: No government wants a strong judiciary: SC - The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/...iary-SC/articleshow/7478112.cms#ixzz1DgmhUMMu
     
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