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Prez for speedy justice in terror cases

Kalam says such cases should not be allowed to drag on endlessly through multiple adjournments and appeals.
None | By Press Trust of India, Srinagar
UPDATED ON JUL 29, 2006 05:30 PM IST

Stressing on speeding up the judicial process in Jammu and Kashmir, President APJ Abdul Kalam on Saturday said that terrorism-related cases should be given priority, but "without sacrificing" the principles of natural justice.

"The judiciary must consider creation of a fast judicial process for settling terrorism-related cases. It can find a method by which cases pertaining to terrorism are dealt with on a priority and they are not allowed to drag on through multiple adjournments and multi-level of appeals," he said during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

"This is an important area where all the members of the judiciary and the legal community have to work together towards a lasting solution," the President said.

Fast action was also needed to rehabilitate the terrorism-affected and those keen to join the mainstream, he said.

Kalam said that the protection of human rights of citizens without prejudice to national interests was an important factor where the judiciary would provide a major role as it was the "final resort for dispensation of justice".

"Our judicial system is dynamic and an institution which is throbbing with life, catching up societal and technological evolution," he said.

The president said that the society was going through a unique dynamics due to the shortage of leadership with nobility. "The only hope the nation cherishes and looks upto is the judiciary with its excellence and impeccable integrity".

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