Forum for Fast Justice demands judicial reforms

Bhubaneswar: ‘Forum for Fast Justice’, a voluntary organisation, staged demonstration here on Sunday demanding judicial reforms, as part of its country-wide programme to sensitise people about the need for time-bound disposal of cases and reduction in backlog.

The Forum’s country-wide programme “March for Justice” which began from Delhi on January 30, seeks speedy disposal as a huge pendency of over 3.71 crore court cases across the country is “crippling” the justice delivery system, said National Convenor of the forum, Pravin Patel.

Maintaining that judicial reforms are badly required, he said justice delivery in the country is very slow which inconvenienced the common people and benefited criminals.

“The participants of the march want to tell everybody that justice delayed is justice denied,” Patel said.

In course of their 35-day ‘Nyay Yatra’, participants held programmes like seminars and demonstrations at different places in Odisha including Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, Patel said adding the activists, comprising largely of social workers and lawyers, will cover around 170 districts as well as major towns across 22 states.

He said the march, which is scheduled to conclude on March 4 at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi, seeks to highlight the “lack of interest” on the part of the decision makers to expedite judicial reforms.

Patel expressed hope that the march would create public awareness and create pressure on the decision makers to take some concrete steps.

A two-day Annual National Convention would be held immediately after the conclusion of the march on March 4 at Jantar Mantar where a resolution listing the demands is expected to be adopted.