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Funds or not, courts deserve facilities, says Chief Justice of India

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Published on: August 12, 2018 | Updated on: August 12, 2018

CM H.D. Kumaraswamy and CJI Dipak Misra at the inauguration of the court complex in Hubballi on Sunday  (Photo: KPN)

Hubballi: Making a determined pitch for better facilities for the judiciary, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said that excuses can never be tolerated if there is a fiscal deficit or lesser finances to provide infrastructure to the judiciary. Inaugurating new taluk court complex here on Sunday, the CJI said that basic facilities are a must to make litigants feel that their cases are fought in an appropriate way and not in a pitiable atmosphere. 

Stressing the need for appointment of court staff and judges for speedy disposal of cases, he said technology should be made available in all court premises. Remarking that all citizens, the bar and bench are connected like a family, he asserted that the judiciary has been serving the cause of justice.  Stating that one qualified individual should be appointed as manager in every district court in the country for infrastructure development and speedy disposal of cases, he said MBA graduates can be considered for these posts. He suggested that the HC and district judiciary should take up this matter with the state governments to create such posts.

"Lack of finances  should not be a ground to stop infrastructure development in courts. Access to justice means there must be facilities for the litigants. At the same time, we cannot remain in the past and the executive (government) should make court premises techno-savvy", Justice Misra said. 

CM H.D. Kumaraswamy felt that the work of the government will become easy if the judiciary gives strict directions to officials through its verdicts. Welcoming the high court directive that saw the BBMP scrambling to remove thousands of illegal flex boards, banners and posters in Bengaluru city, he said that judiciary has been giving justice to the voiceless poor whenever there are mistakes on the part of the government.  He promised all assistance from his government for the smooth and effective functioning of the judiciary.