Taking suo motu notice of the shortage of public prosecutors in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday issued a notice of motion to both states and the UT to file their replies before April 2.
The matter came up for hearing before the division bench headed by chief justice Arjan Kumar Sikri.
There is a shortage of 113 public prosecutors in various courts of Punjab, 62 in Haryana and 12 in Chandigarh, hampering the early disposal of cases.
The shortage of public prosecutors had come to the fore at a meeting of all district and sessions judges of both states and the UT at the Chandigarh Judicial Academy on March 3.
In his official note, the high court registrar (vigilance) had requested the chief justice to issue directions to both states and the Chandigarh administration to augment the strength of public prosecutors and provide the required strength to the courts at every station for smooth functioning of the courts.
In Punjab, the highest shortfall in the strength of public prosecutors is in Ludhiana (26), followed by Amritsar (12) and Jalandhar (11).
A total of 203 public prosecutors are working in 316 courts of Punjab.
In Haryana, the highest shortage of public prosecutors is in Gurgaon (11), followed by Yamunanagar (nine) and Faridabad (seven). A total of 249 public prosecutors are working in 311 courts of Haryana.