Apr 092013

NEW DELHI: Immediately after the passage of a stringent anti-rape law, the government is looking at setting up of 1,800 fast track courts across the country, hundreds of them in each metro, for speedier trial of cases of heinous crimes and sexual harassment.

The government has asked state governments to set up court infrastructures, while the Supreme Court and the High Courts are working on appointment of at least 2,000 judges for these legal facilities. The government has allocated Rs 80 crore for appointment of judges.

A senior law ministry official said the government has set aside Rs 2,800 crore for setting up of court infrastructures that can be used to open fast tract courts. The fund has been diverted from the allocation earmarked for morning and evening courts. Besides the fast track courts, the government would run other special courts.

The revival of government funding for fast track courts has been the result of widespread condemnation for long-pending cases and delay in delivering justice even in cases of heinous crimes. The Centre had discontinued the fast track courts scheme in March 2011 after running it for over 11 years.

During the central funding of fast track courts — between 2000 and 2011 — the government had in two tranches allocated over Rs 1,000 crore for running of these courts. This helped in faster disposal of cases with more than 1,500 such courts made operational in states.

The move also gave a boost to faster disposal of cases. According to the law ministry, of the 39 lakh cases transferred to these courts, verdict was given to 32 lakh cases.


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