Guv urges State govt to set up village courts

Guv urges State govt to set up village courts

Expressing concern over inaccessibility of speedy justice in rural areas, Governor H R Bhardwaj has recommended to the State government to set up village courts under the Gram Nyayalaya Act, 2008.

Addressing a gathering at the 12th conference of the Karnataka State Prosecuting Officers’ Association, here on Sunday, the Governor emphasised on the fact that judiciary must reach rural areas and ensure speedy and fair trial.

He urged the public prosecutors not to get influenced either by the Legislature or by the Police department.

More judges

“But they must work towards upholding people’s faith in the criminal justice system,” he added. On pending cases, he asked the State government to appoint more judges and set up more courts.

On scores of undertrials languishing in the State prisons without facing trial, he was of the opinion that the judiciary has the constitutional mandate to deliver fair and speedy trial to such victims.

Home Minister K J George was present on the occasion.