Kejriwal: Political will can tackle judicial delay

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2015 23:57 IST
President Pranab Mukherjee, Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung and chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at the inauguration of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Delhi High Court in Delhi on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday extended full support to the judiciary to curb the phenomenon of high pendency of cases in courts, saying the AAP government was willing to provide “money, officers, infrastructure and land” to deal with the issue.

Stating that “political will” was necessary to tackle the menace of a “slow judiciary”, Kejriwal said the AAP government was dealing with all proposals from the judiciary on priority basis.

“Lack of political will is the main reason for delayed justice. The political system and the politics were responsible for the slowing down of the judicial system. If there is political will, we can make the judicial system work faster and it will benefit seekers of justice,” Kejriwal said at the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Delhi High Court at Vigyan Bhawan.

Speaking on the function, chief justice of the Delhi High Court G Rohini said the Delhi High Court had come a long way since it was established in 1966 to become one of the most prestigious high courts in the country.

“Delhi HC is one of the five high courts in the country exercising original civil jurisdiction… which has positive effect of development of jurisprudence of arbitration and intellectual property rights besides development of other law and rendering path breaking judgments,” Chief Justice Rohini said.

Civil courts in the Delhi HC are exclusively ‘e-court or paperless court’, the result achieved has inspired other high courts to adopt this eco-friendly system, chief justice Rohini said.

The function was attended by President Pranab Mukherjee ,chief justice of India HL Dattu, lt-governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and a large number of judges and advocates.

According to latest figure, there are over 60,000 court cases pending in the Supreme Court, another over 40 lakh pending in the high courts, and over 2.6 crore in the district and subordinate courts. The Delhi high court alone had 65,159 cases pending during March last year.

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