The Delhi High Court Wednesday said inadequate number of public prosecutors is the main reason for increasing pendency of cases and prisoners languishing in jails as undertrials.
A division bench of acting Chief Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Mukta Gupta asked the government as to why basic facilities such as adequate space and appropriate salaries are not offered to the public prosecutors.
“These are basic requirements and should be fulfilled. If you (government) don't give proper salary to the prosecutors then why will they fight cases for you,” the bench asked.
The Association of Public Prosecutors had pleaded that they don't have even basic facilities to work. The court also asked the government to arrange funds for the proper training of the prosecutors.
According to an affidavit, of 11,000 prisoners in Tihar Jail, 2,000 are convicts while the rest are facing trial.
The court asked the government to file a status report by April 13.