Letting the lawtake its course
The recent encounter by Hyderabad police of individuals accused of rape and murder of veternarian Dr Priyanka Reddy has triggered a wave of emotion throughout the nation. While there is joy among a section of society who believe that justice was delivered quickly in the case, the question is also being raised whether this was a case of the police themselves become the judge, jury and executioner, and whether they should have let the law take its own course instead. The second question is whether such action by the police will help deter this kind of crime in the near future.
08th December 2019, 02:37 Hrs
According to official figures by the central government, More than 43 lakh cases are pending in the 25 high courts in the country and over 8 lakh of these are over a decade old.
On an average, cases take three years and nine months to get disposed.In Delhi HC, considered publicly as one of the best. It takes an average of two years and eight months to give its verdict in a case.
One of the prime reasons behind the ever-growing pendency is shortage of HC judges. At present, 399 posts, or 37 per cent of sanctioned judge-strength, are vacant.
Underling the huge pendency, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had recently written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking to increase the strength of judges and raise the retirement age of high court judges to 65 years.
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