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More than 11 lakh people waiting for justice in State: Yeddyurappa

Justice V Gopala Gowda, Chief Justice P D Dinakaran, CM B S Yeddyurappa & Justice Manjula Chellur at Judicial Officer’s Review Meet, B'lore. DH Photo.This was announced as part of an initiative to retain public faith in the judicial system at a State-level Judicial Officer's Review Meet here on Saturday. The meet was in preparation of ‘Judicial Action Plan based on Quality Benchmark and launching portal of Judicial Balance-sheet for public audit.’

Addressing a gathering of lawyers and judges exactly an year after he took over as the Chief Justice of Karnataka, P D Dinakaran said, "Lawyers and judges across the State have to be accountable to the judicial system and create a benchmark in delivering quality justice to cases pending for years".

Inaugurating the function, Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa extended complete support to the judicial system and said.

"There are 11 lakh families still suffering and waiting for justice in Karnataka. The judiciary must act faster and deliver justice at the earliest,” Yeddyurappa added.

There are at present 11,04,991 cases pending in the State of which 5,62,944 Civil and 5,42,047 Criminal cases.

Referring to inadequate infrastructure provided to the judiciary in the State, High Court Judge V Gopala Gowda said, "The Union and the State Governments have not been able to allocate enough funds. Lack of staff especially stenographers are some of the challenges faced by the judiciary", he said.