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Rijiju urges Orissa HC Chief Justice to expedite courts – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

BHUBANESWAR: With huge pending cases delaying the administration of justice, Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju has urged the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court to expedite the process of establishing Fast Track Courts (FTC) and Special Fast Track Courts in the state.

Chief Justice S Muralidhar has been requested to give necessary instructions and support to the courts concerned, in addition to putting in place a strict monitoring mechanism for timely settlement of cases to avoid backlogs.

The 14th Finance Commission had recommended the establishment of 1,800 FTCs by the states after the increase in the share of decentralization of funds. A total of 896 FTCs have been made operational in 24 States/UT including Odisha as of July 31. States have 13,18,427 pending cases.

An analysis reveals, while around 88,000 new cases are registered in a month, 35,000 are eliminated, resulting in an ever-increasing wait for cases. Similarly, the Ministry of Justice introduced a centralized scheme (CSS) in October 2019 for the establishment of FTSCs in accordance with the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2018, for the expeditious processing of cases relating to rape and to the POCSO law.

Union Law Min urges CJ to implement expedited courts

It was then decided to set up 1,023 FTSCs, including 389 exclusive POCSO courts based on pending cases (1.67 lakh as of March 31, 2018). There are now 3.28 lakh cases going on in the country. However, 731 FTSCs with 412 exclusive POCSO courts are operational in 28 states/UTs which have settled 1,08,702 cases as of July 31.

While more than 10,000 such cases are recorded in a month, around 6,000 cases are processed. According to the data shared by the minister, out of the 45 affected FTSCs, including 22 e-POCSO courts in Odisha, 44 are partially functional and not a single court is fully functional.

The state had recorded 19,701 rape and POCSO cases through July. It has 19,214 cases after settling 487 cases during the month “Although the Center has allocated sufficient funds in each year’s budget for the FTSC scheme and the department is following up with the states and high courts, the budget underspend continues to be a concern,”

Rijiju remarked. The Minister requested to ensure the necessary compliances in accordance with the mandate for the timely use of the funds allocated to the FTSCs, thus ensuring support to achieve the common goal of prompt justice for all citizens.

BHUBANESWAR: With huge pending cases delaying the administration of justice, Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju has urged the Chief Justice of the Orissa High Court to expedite the process of establishing Fast Track Courts (FTC) and Special Fast Track Courts in the state. Chief Justice S Muralidhar has been requested to give necessary instructions and support to the courts concerned, in addition to putting in place a strict monitoring mechanism for timely settlement of cases to avoid backlogs. The 14th Finance Commission had recommended the establishment of 1,800 FTCs by the states after the increase in the share of decentralization of funds. A total of 896 FTCs have been made operational in 24 States/UT including Odisha as of July 31. States have 13,18,427 pending cases. An analysis reveals, while around 88,000 new cases are registered in a month, 35,000 are eliminated, resulting in an ever-increasing wait for cases. Similarly, the Ministry of Justice introduced a centralized scheme (CSS) in October 2019 for the establishment of FTSCs in accordance with the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2018, for the expeditious processing of cases relating to rape and to the POCSO law. Union Law Min urges CJ to implement expedited courts. It was then decided to establish 1,023 FTSCs, including 389 exclusive POCSO tribunals based on pending cases (1.67 lakh as of March 31, 2018). There are now 3.28 lakh cases going on in the country. However, 731 FTSCs with 412 exclusive POCSO tribunals are operational in 28 states/UTs which have settled 1,08,702 cases as of July 31. While more than 10,000 such cases are registered in a month, around 6,000 cases are settled. According to the data shared by the minister, out of the 45 affected FTSCs, including 22 e-POCSO courts in Odisha, 44 are partially functional and not a single court is fully functional. The state had recorded 19,701 rape and POCSO cases through July. It has 19,214 cases after settling 487 cases during the month “While the Center has allocated sufficient funds in each year’s budget for the FTSC scheme and the department is following up with states and high courts, the underspending of the budget continues to be a concern,” Rijiju emphasized. common goal of speedy justice for all citizens.