Narendra Modi urges start-ups to help judiciary out

Tech revolution can check delays in cases: Modi

Lucknow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the judicial system in the country needed a technological revolution. He assured that his government would ensure a burden-free judicial environment and reduce pendency of cases.

Addressing the closing ceremony of the 150-year celebrations of the Allahabad High Court on Sunday, the Prime Minister termed the Allahabad High Court as a ‘pilgrimage of sorts’ for the country’s judiciary and said that the purpose of law was to ensure welfare for everyone.

Mr Narendra Modi said, “I assure Chief Justice Khehar that the government will back his resolve to reduce pendency of cases. I have noticed an element of pain in his speech and we have already done away with 1,200 odd laws in an attempt to modernise the judiciary and find a way out of the maze of statutes.”

The Prime Minister called upon those working on start-ups to bring innovations to strengthen he judicial system.

“The use of technology in simplifying the working in courts will bring a qualitative change,” he stated.

The Prime Minister suggested that certain amendments could be brought to the judiciary system and the courts and police stations could start using video-conferencing and other technological methods to check delays in cases.

He furthers aid that in 2022 when India celebrates 75 years if Independence, every citizen should prepare a roadmap for the country of his dreams.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, in his address, said that justice should reach the poorest of the poor.

He said that the Allahabad High Court was known for delivering historic judgments and added that the society needed to be regulated through law. “No one should be above law-not even the rulers,” he said.

The CM added that providing justice was the biggest religion. Earlier addressing the gathering, Justice J.S. Khehar raised the issue of pendency of cases in courts including in the Supreme Court and said he was taking steps to reduce the burden on the judiciary.

He said that he had asked the judges to consider sitting in courts for five days during vacation to clear at least 10 cases each day and bring down the pendency.

“This way thousands of small matters like matrimonial disputes and mediation cases can be settled and arrears of cases brought down,” he stated and referred to a system of court management under which pendency of cases in Malaysia had been brought down to one-fifth.

He said he proposes to have three Constitution benches to help reduce the arrears in the apex court.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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