In the wake of shortage of public prosecutors in district courts, Chandigarh, District Bar Association (DBA) on Thursday filed a petition before the district courts seeking direction of UT administration for appointment of public prosecutors and law officers.
Considering the petition, judicial magistrate Jaswinder Singh issued notice to UT administrator, adviser to UT administrator, home secretary and law secretary, along with, law secretary of union government, on July 25.
Blaming shortage of public prosecutors for increased pendency, the petition had demanded appointment of public prosecutors, and as interim relief, appointment of public prosecutors on ad hoc basis.
Sources said there had been no fresh appointment of additional district attorney after 2002.
The petitioners demanded on line of the Punjab and Haryana high court, there should be one public prosecutor in each case. The petition pointed out that, considering shortage of public prosecutors, a process to record evidence with aid of court commissioners is in place, but the same is not applicable to criminal cases thereby leading to workload and pendency of the cases.
STATS TO GO BY
Chandigarh district courts has 30 operational courts that include one district and session judge, nine additional district and session judges, 20 judicial magistrates.
Public prosecutors, additional public prosecutors are just 15, including five district attorneys are taking care of the workload of nine sessions courts, while nine assistant attorneys are looking after the work of 20 subordinate courts. The courts are short of 10 stenographers and 10 ahlmads.