Illustration: Arpita Mohan
Illustration: Arpita Mohan

Judicial infra: CJI rues Centre's lukewarm response

One-liner: The Centre is yet to respond to some of the issues such as setting up Judicial Infrastructure Corporation and financial help to lawyers who lost livelihood due to Covid, Chief Justice of India NV Ramana said in Warangal on Sunday.

No action so far: Inaugurating a court complex, he said though the proposals for setting up a Judicial Infrastructure Corporation and mobile internet facilities in rural areas were sent to govt some months ago, there is no action so far.

  • He, however, said he was hopeful that the Centre would bring in legislation in the ongoing winter session of Parliament for creating the Judicial Infrastructure Corporation

Proposal received: In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju recently said a proposal has been received from the CJI for setting up a National Judicial Infrastructure Authority of India for providing adequate infrastructure in courts

Shortage of judges: For piling up of cases, not only the shortage of judges is the reason, but also inadequate court infrastructure, he noted.

Rope in corporates: Justice Ramana said he wrote a letter to the centre and the Law minister to get the help of big corporates for mobile network on vans to help lawyers in rural areas to attend to court duties virtually.

  • He said many states in the country are shying away from allocating funds to build court complexes. He, however, lauded the Telangana govt for sanctioning funds to build a complex without waiting for the central govt funds

Source: PTI

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