“Justice delayed is justice denied”How far that many of us agree onto this?
If the same is taken into the context of our judiciary system then most probably this will turn out to be the nightmare for many of us. According to the information published during June'18 through the National Judicial Data Grid, the scale of the problem is vast — 55,000 cases are pending in the Supreme Court, 32.4 lakh in high courts & a staggering 2.77 crore are yet to be disposed of in the country's district and taluka courts. More categorically on out of these, 60% of pending cases are more than 2 years old & 30% cases in SC are more than 5 years old.
In addition to the above, few another facts would prove out to be not so pleasant for many of us wherein there are more than 5000 vacancies in the country's district judiciary which are still persisting with Uttar Pradesh has the maximum number of vacant judgeships followed by Bihar & then Madhya Pradesh.
Such is the scenario with the Indian Judiciaries that many of the much older cases gets closed simply because of the reason being the case that the either the victim or the convict is dead before announcing of the final verdict on behalf of the courts. The most famous unsettled events which are pending in the courts can be listed out to the Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984, the 1984 Sikh Massacre, the resettling of the Kashmiri pundits pending since 1990 & more recently of the Ram Temple row.
I would like to extend my greetings & thanks to the PM Modi led NDA government that he came out with the fast track courts for the 1984 Sikh Massacre & as a result of which two of the convicts has been punished with one has been offered with the death sentence while the other has been awarded with the life imprisonment. For the information of the readers, the Delhi Police had closed the case in 1994 for want of evidence. However, a Special Investigation Team on the riots reopened it. But this is not done yet & what about others?
Till the time we all assume ourselves on the same plot we would never ever be able to feel the pain & sufferings of any of the victims who have gone through the delays & postponement of the dates during whole of their life for a simple cause of getting "justice".