Expressing concern over inadequate number of public prosecutors, a Court in New Delhi has asked Delhi government to explain the steps it has taken to tackle the problem.
It said that inadequate number of public prosecutors in the courts leads to hampering of the proceedings and observed that red-tape should not come in way of the citizens' fundamental right.
"It is quite unfortunate that in a state like Delhi, which is one of the most prosperous states in Union of India, there is acute shortage of additional public prosecutors to conduct trials in serious sessions cases on behalf of the prosecuting agency and state.
It (the shortage) results in denying the right of speedy trial to the accused persons, which is the fundamental right of all accused, enshrined under Article 21 of the Constitution and the same cannot be drowned in bureaucratic red tape," Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal said.
"In these circumstances, the fundamental right, which has been bestowed upon the accused under the Constitution, cannot be defeated in this manner by the state or anybody else," Aggarwal said.
The court asked the Additional Secretary (Home) of the Delhi Government to file a report, undertaken so far in the matter, by February 2.
The Court's observations have come after the Director of Prosecution informed it that a letter was sent to the official on December 22 last year, seeking appointment of prosecutors in Rohini courts for conducting speedy trials.