Modi calls for special courts to deal with cyber crimes

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New Delhi, Apr 19 (UNI) Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today suggested that the Centre constitute a Task Force for the maximum application of technology in judiciary at all levels and set up a special court in each state to deal with cyber crimes and economic offences.

Addressing a conference of state Chief Ministers and Chief Justices here, inaugrated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Mr Modi said these two measures would help ensure a speedy and fair justice delivery system.

Welcoming Dr Singh's suggestion to curb corruption, both in government and the judiciary, by creating special courts, he said eight special courts would be set up in Gujarat to deal with Anti-Corruption Bureau cases.

Expressing concern over huge pendencies in courts that had affected the country's justice delivery system, Mr Modi exuded confidence that by 2010, the Golden Jubilee Year of Gujarat, a litigation would be disposed of within a year of its institution.

Mr Modi also advocated the need for greater use of forensic laboratories in the judicial process. He said Gujarat has a Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) of international repute and plans are afoot to turn it into a full-fledged FSL University.

For this purpose, he requested the Central Government to provide funds.

He said family courts should be set up not at the district level but in urban centres.

Another suggestion from him was to provide internship to law graduates in judiciary.

Referring to the 'Gram Nyalaya' (village courts) initiative of the Centre, he said the aim should be to make villages dispute-free.

This would become possible if magisterial courts at taluka level were able to dispose of disputes in a village at source.

''There will be a practical problem of shortage of advocates in villages, and the purpose of Gram Nyalaya will not be served,'' he added.

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