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'Scientific development major challenge before judiciary'

india Updated: May 31, 2013 17:43 IST

“India has become a haven for white collar criminals, who are advocated by “giant” lawyers. If quality justice cannot be ensured to people, it is better to abolish the judicial system,” said justice BS Chauhan of the Supreme Court on Friday.

He stated this while speaking on the inaugural session of the three-day north-zone regional judicial conference in Shimla.

To deliberate issues and challenges related to the administration of criminal justice, the conference has been organised by Himachal Pradesh Judicial Academy in collaboration with National Judicial Academy, Bhopal.

Raising concern over the old mindset of judiciary, he said, “New issues have come up in society such as live-in relationship and false promise of marriages. The courts have to be sensitive in finding out the right cause of such incidents,” he said.

“There is much scientific development around us but law has not been amended according to it,” he added.

Motivating the judicial officers to ensure justice, justice Chauhan asked people to adopt innovative things to deal with situations that arise from time to time, so that justice was delivered in the right way.

Addressing the session, chief justice of the HP high court Ajay Manikrao Khanwilkar said criminal justice depended on a chain of benefactors from the police, forensic experts, advocates, public prosecutors, witnesses and the courts.

Citing the importance of each of these benefactors, he said it was like a house built with a pack of cards. Inaction or act of commission or omission, even by one of these benefactors, inevitably, results in subversion of justice.

“All functionaries involved in criminal justice deliverance should be provided with adequate staff & equipment so as to speed up the process,” he said.

Expressing concern over lack of sensitivity in cases concerned with women and children, he said lack of sensitivity by duty holders was another significant challenge in the administration of criminal justice system. Indeed, the judges should not be silent spectators. At the same time, they should not give an impression of being proactive, added justice Khanwilkar.