SC: Nirbhaya gang-rape-cum murder case should wait its turn and cannot get preferential treatment

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Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case which is still pending in Supreme Court has not been given any special treatment. Chief Justice H L Dattu has confirmed this and further stated that all pleas in contradiction of death sentences that is pending against the accused shall be heard as per each matter’s turn.

Chief Justice of India has said that there are nearly 23 death punishment cases that are pending in Supreme Court and they are very old than Nirbhaya Case and so the court shall go in its linear order of all these cases that are before the Apex Court.  Now, as the court is hearing 2012 and 2013 pleas against death punishment matters, Nirbhaya case which was filed before Apex Court in 2014 should wait its turn.

CJI Dattu also stated that judiciary has determined a lot to decrease the life span of a case to 5 years and as the judge-population ration in the nation was very poor, this mammoth task was quite difficult and he further said that the final purpose was to reduce the life of a case to two years. To get this happen the quantity of judges should be increased and organisation of court should also be beefed up.

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He further said that they were trying their best to clear the cases and not to keep it undecided for more than 5 years but it has become very difficult to speed up justice delivery because of the meager state of judicial set-up and low judges’ population.  He further stated that there is a delusion that judges enjoy a lot of holiday but actually SC judges sit in court for 190 days a year and they do not sit at home and rest rather they write judgments and they would not get time to spend with their family members.

Chief Ministers and Chief Justice have agreed on organisational needs of judiciary in states to be solved cordially through discourse and this was confirmed by Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda. Gowda further stated that judiciary has its own way to handle the problems and that its independence will not be intruded by executive.

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by Sushma Javare.