Union Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju Criticizes World Bank Government for Failure to Establish Fast-Track Courts for Sex Offenses Cases | India News

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NEW DELHI: Union Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday slammed the West Bengal government over the delay in setting up special fast-track courts to deliver speedy justice in sexual offense cases and alleged that he behaved as if the state was “outside the India Syndicate”.
Speaking to the Times Now summit, Rijiju spoke out in favor of the sedition law, saying punitive measures must exist to ensure the absolute right to free speech is not used to undermine the unity and integrity of the country.
He also said that by the end of the year, a “record” number of judges will be appointed.
On Fast Track Courts, the Union Minister said he will ensure that enough pressure is exerted on the government of West Bengal to set up such special courts.
“It is very unfortunate that the government of West Bengal has not implemented fast track courts. This is an injustice to the youth of the state. In fact, West Bengal is the only state that has not taken no action on this.I have written to the WB CM and will call them again.
“West Bengal is behaving as if the state exists outside the Indian Union. This is not good,” he said.
After the passage of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act in 2018, the central government had decided to set up 1,023 expedited special courts (FTSCs), including 389 to exclusively deal with cases related to violation of the protection of human rights. Children Against Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act, in 31 states and union territories.
Of the total number of planned FTSCs, 674, including 367 POCSO courts, have been made operational in 27 states and UT, and through August of this year they have settled 56,267 cases despite the coronavirus-triggered lockdown.
According to 28 government sources, states and UTs have given their consent to the FTSC program.
West Bengal, which had planned 123 such courts, Andaman and Nicobar, which was to obtain one FTSC and Arunachal Pradesh, which had planned three FTSCs, have not yet given their consent.
Arunachal Pradesh has told the Justice Department of the Ministry of Justice that at the moment there is no need for such courts in the states due to the low number of cases.
Goa has been awarded two FTSCs. It has given consent for an FTSC, but has yet to operationalize it, the sources said.
State consent is required, as the FTSCs are part of a centrally sponsored program in which the Center and the State provide funds.
“I will ensure that enough pressure is put on the government of West Bengal to set up fast-track courts,” he said.
Rijiju also stressed the need for Lok Adalats, saying that judiciary and justice should be brought to people’s doorsteps to encourage them to seek legal aid.
The minister spoke on the often contentious subject of judicial appointments and said the government has become more proactive.
He said it is not the government alone that appoints the judges, but they are chosen after a long process.
“The government cannot generate the names on its own. Over the last five months the government has been very proactive and by the end of the year you will see a record number of judges appointed. After that many misconceptions will be dispelled,” he said. noted.
Addressing the oft-repeated allegation by opposition parties of government influence over the judiciary, Rijiju argued that such accusations were “unsavory” and only served to discredit his independence.
The minister also said that the government’s differences of opinion with the judiciary in certain cases should not be interpreted in the light of “divisions and fissures”.
“If you exist in a democratic society, such differences exist and show independent thought. We have to appreciate differences of opinion,” he said.
Although the minister declined to comment on specific cases, he backed the sedition law by stating that no liberty may be used to harm national interests.
“Actions prejudicial to the national interest, there must be something in the law to ensure that no freedom is granted to a person who can destroy the unity and integrity of the country.
“To exist as a nation, you need certain things that must be part of your thought process…
“While I do not wish to comment on the provisions of the Sedition Act, generally speaking, although freedom of speech is absolute, it should not be so extended as to harm our unity and our diversity,” he said.
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