India: An Emotional Plea of Judge to PM Modi
The top judge of India made a tearful plea to PM Narendra Modi to employ more judges in order to handle an “avalanche” of the backlogged cases.
TS Thakur, the Indian Chief Justice had seemed close to the tears as he questioned that how India’s current 21,000 judges could handle the tens of millions cases that are yet pending.
He said that a judge at India’s Supreme Court have to deal with around 2,600 cases a year, as compared to only 81 in the United Stated.
In response to the plea, the Indian Prime Minister said that the govt. would try to solve the issue.
The Chief Justice Thakur, while speaking at a conference that held in Delhi, said, “It’s for development of this country, that I beseech you to rise the occasion.’’
Adding, “You can’t shift the entire burden to the judiciary… There’s a limit to judges’ capacity.”
He also said that the govt. should raise the number of judges to 40,000 from current 21,000.
Around 30 years ago, a commission suggested a 5 fold increase in proportion of judges to the people – nevertheless it never happened, said Charles Haviland of BBC.
India has a particularly slow legal system & the court hearings can endure for years or even a few decades.
At the current rate the cases are being handled, it’d take around 30 years to get done with only the criminal cases, say the experts.