Vice Prez expresses concern over HP assembly happenings

Vice Prez expresses concern over HP assembly happenings

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Chennai, Feb 27 (PTI) Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu
on Saturday expressed concern over the “recent happenings” in
the Himachal Pradesh Assembly, where Governor Bandaru
Dattatreya was allegedly manhandled by some Congress MLAs.

The Leader of Opposition and four other opposition
party legislators were suspended.

Dattatreya was allegedly manhandled by some Congress
members in the Assembly complex in Shimla on Friday, following
which the five MLAs were suspended for the remainder of the
Budget session.

In his address at the 11th Convocation of the Dr
Ambedkar Law University here, Naidu said people in public life
and high positions must set an example to others by
maintaining high standards.

“I was distressed by the recent happenings in Himachal
Pradesh legislature and a few other states. I urge upon all
public representatives to conduct themselves in a decent and
dignified manner in every forum. Otherwise, the people might
get disillusioned with our polity soon,” Naidu said.

Frequent disruption and stalling of legislative
proceedings would not serve any purpose and everyone must
realize that the only way forward for every problem is to
discuss, debate and decide and not disrupt, the Chairman of
the Rajya Sabha added.

Further, issues like delay and “huge pendency” of
cases in the courts across the country have to be addressed to
ensure speedier delivery of justice, he said.

“The cost of legal processes is a major impediment in
making justice accessible to all. A common perception is that
there are many hidden costs in availing the legal route to
resolve disputes,” he said.

“We have to find ways to reduce this out-of-pocket
expenditure to the common citizen,” he added.
“There is also a serious issue of protracted litigation.
Timeliness in rendering justice is a major concern. As the
maxim goes, justice delayed is justice denied. This delay is
often attributed to huge pendency in courts, frequent
adjournments and long leaves of courts.”

“We have to address this problem of inordinate delay
and do whatever is possible in our own purview to ensure
speedier justice,” Naidu said.

While there was no silver bullet to solve all these
problems, “we must find systemic solutions to these
challenges,” he noted.

For better access, more courts, special benches and
adequately staffed courts with all posts filled up are
required. Innovations like Lok Adalats and mobile courts have
to be leveraged upon wherever feasible, he said.

“The system needs to be demystified and brought closer
to the people by conducting court proceedings and delivering
judgments in the language of local people,” he added.

Legal aid mechanisms may need to be more streamlined.

“There was lot of pendency of nearly four crore cases
in our judicial system and they have accumulated over the
years, with most of these being petty cases in the lower
courts,” he said.

The judicial system must evolve methods for the
speedy disposal of these cases, the vice president said.
More avenues may have to be created for the quick
resolution of disputes, he said.

“Frequent adjournments could be avoided and except in
extraordinary situations, we can develop a Standard Operating
Procedure that limits the number of adjournments to a
reasonable number like one or two,” Naidu suggested. PTI SA

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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