Anyone who's dealt with Indian courts knows that the wheels of justice move very slowly in India. Law Minister Veerappa Moily now wants to fast-track the system with a novel idea.
He proposes mobile courts on trains. He's roped in Railways minister Mamata Banerjee and she’s going full steam ahead.
The unique “court on wheels” is likely to be flagged off in August on a one-year-long journey from Rabindra Nath Tagore’s home district of Birbhum in West Bengal.
State legal service officials will travel in the special train that will function as a Lok Adalat and Gram Nyayalaya.
“The idea is to take justice to remote areas — in consonance of the UPA government’s commitment to provide for inclusive justice,” Moily told Hindustan Times.
Moily believes this will speed up disposal of cases of an estimated 1,75,000 under-trials across the country.
“Matters of protocol and procedure are presently being worked out by Justice Mohit Shantilal Shah, chief justice of the Kolkata High Court and Pinaki Ghosh, former chairman of the legal service authority,” Moily said.
Besides a carriage customised as a court room, the judges and legal officers will be accommodated in other coaches, while the train will have a pantry car as well.
Millions in the country caught in court cases could now see a light at the end of the tunnel — and it could be the justice train coming their way.