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Justice still inaccessible for poor: SC judge

Posted by rtiact2005 on July 16, 2006

Justice still inaccessible for poor: SC judge

Press Trust of India

New Delhi, July 15, 2006

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1745115,000600010001.htm

A Supreme Court judge on Saturday said the poor in the country had little access to justice because they cannot afford good lawyers and inexperienced government counsels generally assigned to them prove inadequate.

Justice Ashok Bhan, while inaugurating a seminar on “Justice for All” in New Delhi, asked fellow judicial officers and lawyers to make sure the underprivileged had equal opportunities in the justice delivery system.

“There can not be two sets of laws, one for the poor and one for the rich,” he said.

The law is equal for all, but poorer citizens can neither pay for good advocates nor sustain the rigours of a long legal battle, he said, adding that the lawyers provided to them at government expense are normally inexperienced and fail to win cases against seasoned private counsels.

His colleague Justice Tarun Chatterjee expressed concern over the long delay in the cases caused due to judicial inaction.

Some of the criminal revision petitions filed before the Allahabad High Court in 1976-78 are still wating for disposal, he said.

Justice Pradeep Kant of the Allahabad High Court, said the concept of justice for all sounded simple but was difficult to achieve, and steps were needed to ensure less privileged litigants were not left out.

“Law is methodology or tool by which we deliver justice” and it cannot be bigger than justice itself, remarked Justice K Sridhar Rao of the Karnataka High Court.

Delhi HC judge Manju Goel also spoke at the seminar, which was organised by the Shahdara Bar Association. SBA media manager Ashok Yadav said the suggestions received would be forwarded to the Centre for consideration.

2 Responses to “Justice still inaccessible for poor: SC judge”

  1. Dhirendra Krishna said

    There are over 3 crore cases pending before the judiciary. The number will keep increasing as in most of the cases, only attendance is marked and fresh date given: instead of application of judicial mind.

    The system of accountability should address non-performance by the judiciary. There should be some stigma attached to cases which are heard, without arriving at any judgement.

  2. He Must know that ‘NRIs’ and “Persons-of-Indian Origin”
    arrested under “Section 498A IPC” has to pay Rs. One Lakh to
    the magistrate apart from paying Police and Prosecutor in Mumbai to get the Bail.

    There is another Rs. 50,000/- Bribe payable to Magistrate through
    same Court Lawyers working as agents for release of each passport
    and permission to leave India, and come to your Home Land for
    Livilihood.

    The cost of getting “Bail” and return of “US Passport” with 2 days Jail and Police detaintion in India for 15 days was about
    RS 7 Lakhs (Appx US $15000 )paid as bribes.
    There was additional Cash Deposit of Rs. 20,000/- Each for Bail
    and Rs.10,000/- Each for Return of US Passport.

    My Son and Wife were arrested at Mumbai Airport on June 30, 2003
    in connection with FALSE complaint registered in COLLUSION and CONIVANCE of Nagpada Mumbai Police Station
    under F.I.R No, 405/2002 and pending under case No. 631/P/2003
    at Mazgaon Court at Mumbai.

    My Entire Family of US Citizens have been declared PROCLAIMED
    OFFENDERS by Indian corrupt Judicial System.

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