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Shri Songkhupchung Serto to be an additional Judge of Manipur High Court



Shri Songkhupchung Serto to be an additional Judge of Manipur High Court


In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of article 224 of the Constitution of India, the President is pleased to appoint Shri Songkhupchung Serto, to be an Additional Judge of the Manipur High Court for a period of two years with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office.

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 Assistance for opening of new Courts

The development of infrastructure facilities for the judiciary is the primary responsibility of the State Governments.  However, in order to augment the resources of the State Governments, a Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) for development of infrastructure facilities for judiciary has been in operation since 1993-94.  The scheme presently covers the construction of court buildings and residential accommodation of judicial officers of district and subordinate courts.  The details of funds sanctioned to the State Governments of Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra under the above mentioned Scheme are as follows:

(Rs. in crore)
Sl. No.
State
Total Funds sanctioned as on 08.03.2016.
1
Gujarat
402.64
2
Madhya Pradesh
301.13
3
Rajasthan
114.02
4
Maharashtra
549.41





The details of approved and working strength in the High Courts of Gujarat and Rajasthan as on 31.03.2015 are as follows:-

Name of the High Court
Approved Strength
Working Strength
Permanent
Additional
Total
Permanent
Additional
Total
1.
Gujarat
39
13
52
                  27
03
30
2.
Rajasthan
38
12
50
27
03
30
                                                                       
 This information was given by Minister of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.


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Special Courts to deal with cases pertaining to atrocities on SCs/STs

In accordance with Section 14 of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) {PoA} Act, 1989, the State Governments with the concurrence of the Chief Justice of the High Court, specify for each district, a Court of Session to be a Special Court for the purpose of speedy trial of offences under the Act. Accordingly, State Governments of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have designated District Session Courts as Special Courts. Further, to accelerate the pace of trial of cases under the PoA Act, exclusive Special Courts have also been set up in these States namely Gujarat (26), Maharashtra (3), Madhya Pradesh (43) and Rajasthan (25). The Number of cases disposed off/pending in these Courts are as under:

Name of State
Year
Disposed off
Pending
Gujarat
2013
1319
10042
2014
892
7364
Maharashtra
2013
860
8471
2014
969
7559
Madhya Pradesh
2013
3485
14025
2014
4111
14268
Rajasthan
2013
1867
14483
2014
2198
13678

The data for the year 2015 has not yet been generated by the National Crime Records Bureau.

This information was given by Minister of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Bogus Voter Identity Cards

The Election Commission has informed that it is not correct that large number of bogus Electoral Photo Identity Cards exist in India. Issuance of Electoral Photo Identity Cards is an act subsequent to registration as an elector. The Election Registration Officer after following the process enrolls the eligible citizens to Electoral rolls after which Electoral Photo Identity Cards issued. There are sufficient safeguards and Election Commission’s guidelines to prevent any ineligible person’s registration as elector. As and when the Commission comes to know of any specific case in this regard, necessary action under the law is taken.

The Election Commission has informed that no such data is compiled in the Commission.

This information was given by Minister of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Pending civil and criminal cases in High Courts

Data on pendency of cases is maintained by the Supreme Court and High Courts.  As per information made available by High Courts, details of civil and criminal cases pending in all High Courts and in the High Courts of Orissa and Allahabad are as under:-


Number of Pending Cases in all High Courts as on 31.12.2014
Number of Pending Cases in High Court of Orissa as on 31.12.2014
Number of Pending Cases in High Court of Allahabad as on 31.12.2014
Civil
Criminal
Civil
Criminal
Civil
Criminal
31,16,492
10,37,465
1,65,724
36,358
6,55,793
3,58,353
 

Disposal of cases pending in courts is within the domain of judiciary.  The Chief Justices’ Conference held on 03rd and 04th April 2015 has resolved that each High Court shall establish an Arrears Committee to clear the backlog of cases pending for more than five years.  As per information available, Arrears Committees have been set up in the High Courts of (i) Allahabad, (ii) Bombay, (iii) Calcutta, (iv) Chhattisgarh, (v) Delhi, (vi) Himachal Pradesh, (vii) Jammu & Kashmir, (viii) Jharkhand, (ix) Karnataka (x) Kerala, (xi) Madhya Pradesh, (xii) Madras, (xiii) Manipur, (xiv) Meghalaya, (xv) Orissa, (xvi) Patna (xvii) Punjab & Haryana, (xviii) Sikkim, (xix) Tripura, and (xx) Uttarakhand.

This information was given by Minister of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.

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Appointing quality lawyers under Legal Aid Scheme

All persons in custody are eligible for free legal services including filing of bail petitions provided they are covered under Section 12 of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987. Legal services are provided not only to the Under Trial Prisoners but also to the victims, if he/she is covered under the Act. However, the conviction or the acquittal in a criminal case doesn’t solely depend upon the quality of legal representation by either side.

A total number of 653 undertrial prisoners (UTPs) were found to be entitled to the benefit of section 436 A of the Criminal Procedure Code, out of which 194 UTPs have already been released.

National Legal Services Authority has framed the National Legal Services Authority (Free and Competent Legal Services) Regulation, 2010 under which it has been provided that no legal practitioner having less than three years’ experience at the Bar shall ordinarily be empanelled and the competence, integrity, suitability and experience of such lawyers shall be taken into account. Accordingly, the legal services institutions have been empanelling widely experienced lawyers for providing free legal services.

This information was given by Minister of Law & Justice, Shri D. V. Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today. 
            


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