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Law Ministry proposal may put justice on fast track

Aug 14, 2009 12:27 AM IST India India

New Delhi: For the last seven years, lawns of the Supreme Court have become second home for 70-year-old Maharaj Singh Tomar. Since 2002, Tomar has been fighting a battle for getting compensation after being suspended as a booking clerk in Rajasthan roadways. He was suspended in 1984.

Before the Supreme Court, Tomar went to lower courts in Rajasthan all in the pursuit of justice - something that he is still fighting for.

Now, a new proposal prepared by the Law Ministry aims to help people like Tomar.

Exclusively available with CNN-IBN, the proposal aims to put a time limit of a maximum three years for disposal of any case in any court across the country.

It also plans to start operating courts in three shifts, starting from 7 am in the morning till midnight.

To deal with the huge backlog of cases, there is a proposal to appoint retired judges and eminent lawyers as ad-hoc judges for a period of one year.

Upright advocates, selected by a panel headed by the Chief Justice of the High Court, could also be asked to head the Lok Adalats in the states.

Many of these proposals are going to be discussed at the Chief Justices Conference in the Capital on Friday. While some are welcoming the proposals within the judicial fraternity, there are others who are viewing them with skepticism.

"As long as it's a step towards justice without delay and as long as it's a step towards finding real solutions I think it is certainly worth exploring," says Supreme Court lawyer, Gopal Jain.

Adds Supreme Court lawyer, Prashant Bhushan, "You need to simplify the procedures and you need to increase the number of judges, then perhaps you can dispose of cases within a short time."

Everyday lakhs of people run around courts across the country fighting for justice. If these proposals indeed get transformed into a law, it will go a long way in transforming the entire justice system.

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