Delay in justice fuels law and order problem in the country, said Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Friday, while addressing the three-day North Zone Judicial Conference in Srinagar's Sher-i-Kashmir International Convention Centre here.
He said: "The large pendency of court cases and delivery of justice taking months and years are a great cause of worry to people. This, sometimes create law and order problem. People come on roads and take the law in their own hands."
The conference 'Role of Courts in upholding rule of law' is being organised by the National Judicial Academy in collaboration with J&K State Judicial Academy.
On the occasion, the chief minister flagged the issues of "different interpretations and delay in justice delivery making the common man apprehensive."
Referring to a rape case in New Delhi, the CM pointed out that people came out on streets in large numbers. "It was not only to show their concern against the crime, but also to depict the apprehension about the time-bound justice and punishment handed over to culprits," said Abdullah.
He also referred to the issue of costs for a poor client. He related a few cases, where richer people afforded to hire high-class lawyers and managed to evade punishment.
"Unless law is affordable to the common man, the justice delivery is difficult for people, which shatters their faith in the system," he said.
The chief minister said all stakeholders have to work together to rebuild the faith of people in the institutions by sticking to promises and commitments towards the rule of law.
"The rule of law is paramount for democracy and at the same time it cannot thrive in a totalitarian system," he added.
The conference was also addressed by the chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir high court justice MM Kumar, chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court justice Sanjay Krishan Koul, minister for law and justice, Mir Saifullah, judges of Jammu and Kashmir high court justice Mansoor Ahmad and justice Muzaffer Hussain Attar and director National Judicial Academy Dr Balram K Gupta.