Slow Judgement Delivery System – A Curse for Democracy -Prof (Dr.) Sunil Kumar Sarangi
Rourkela: In spite of the best brains available in Judiciary, legislature and Executive – the three pillar of democracy, why the judgment delivery system of our country is slow, questioned Dr.Sunil Kumar Sarangi, Director NIT, Rourkela at east zone conference on Judicial Reforms and Nyaya Yatra organized by Sundargarh Society for Fast Justice at the behest of the forum for Fast Justice, Mumbai at panthaniwas, Rourkela on 31st October. The process for fast justice must begin as a part of our judicial system, but he cautioned that while doing so we should not corrupt our legal disk with virus from Afganisthan or Pakistan. Common interest cases should be cobbled together to complete the process of law and justice delivered within a time bound frame work, he said. He also made a comparative study of the Judgement delivery systems prevalent in United States and India and asked the activists of Fast Justice whether we can simplify our legal system?
Baidyanath Mishra, President, Society for Fast Justice, Sundargarh in his key note address stressed on time bound justice as a key component for judicial reforms. He urged the societies for fast Justice to act as pressure groups to bring in change in the Judicial domain of our country. Earlier he welcomed the delegates from West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha to the first of the 5 series Nyaya Yatra workshops being held in different parts of the country. The Nyaya Yatra will commence from Rajghat, New Delhi from 30th January and culminate at Jantarmantar in March, 2016.
Rajendra Thacker, President, Mumbai Society for Fast Justice who represented the forum for fast justice, Mumbai said the object of Nyaya yatra is to generate public opinion and pressure the concerned agencies to bring in judicial reforms. The suppressive British legal system introduced in this country centuries back is still at work. With other two pillars of democracy having weakened, judiciary is the only pillar with a silver line of hope, he said.
Senior journalist Manoranjan Das regretted that we take recourse to such a path after sixty eight years of country’s independence. People at one point of time were afraid of commenting against the judiciary but right to information act brought a radical change in the mindset of the people.
Sunil Mishra, another senior journalist said time-bound justice is need of the hour. We must fight by widening the sphere of the society for fast justice and work relentlessly to achieve our goal.
Trustee, SFFJ, Sundargarh Durga Das Toppo moderated the inaugural session and the other trustee Ananta Narayan Sahoo proposed the vote of thanks.
Later the workshop on Nyaya Yatra was conducted in pre and post lunch sessions where Pravin Patel, Human Rights Activist and National Convener, Forum for Fast Justice was the resource person. Views of the delegates were compiled for discussion in the next workshop. Mamata Sharma, Joint Secretary, Society for Fast justice, Chhattisgarh choreographed the programme schedule of both the sessions.