CJI advocates opening of mobile and/or evening courts

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Jodhpur, Dec 15 (UNI) Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan today stressed the need for opening of new courts and said setting up of trial mobile courts and evening court had now become inevitable in view of the rising number of pending cases before courts.

Speaking at the two - day national law meet organised by the Bar Council of India here, Justice Balakrishnan said various courts in the country had disposed of 25 per cent of the pending cases during the past one year but about 30 per cent new cases were added in the list of pending cases keeping the situation still unresolved.

In veiw of the increasing number of cases, opening of new courts was essential, he said.

Advocating the establishment of mobile courts and/or evening courts, the CJI said such mobile trial courts had already started functioning in some remote areas of Punjab and Haryana.

The CJI denied reports about undue ''political influence and/or interference'' in the appointment of judges and said the appointments were strictly being made as per the prescribed norms and procedure.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Law Minister Hansraj Bhardwaj said that funds were never a limiting factor for the judiciary's needs.

The Finance Minister had recently allocated Rs 700 crore for opening new courts in the country, he said.

The law minister also expressed satisfaction over freedom being enjoyed by the judiciary in India as compared to the judiciary in the US and the UK.

He said rising number of cases before the courts did reflect the faith and confidence of the people in the judicary process.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje urged the judicairy to ensure social justice to people particularly the down trodden class.

Rajasthan High Court's acting Chief Justice Rajesh Balia and Bar Council of India functionaries also spoke on the occasion.

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