Says higher courts play progressive role in the matter

Judiciary should be strengthened to promote and maintain ‘Rule of Law', N.V Ramana, Judge, Andhra Pradesh High Court said on Saturday.

Delivering the 5th Hymavathi and Satyanarayana Pemmaraju Endowment Lecture at Acharya Nagarjuna University, Justice Ramana pointed out that the Government had not been making adequate budgetary allocations to meet the infrastructural needs of judiciary. The allocations made to judiciary have not even crossed 1 per cent of total budget outlay, he pointed out.

The subordinate judiciary works in pathetic conditions with no basic infrastructure, like staff, library and computers etc.

The Law Commission has found that judge-population ratio is 10.5 per million in India, while it is 50.9 in England, 57.7 in Australia, 75.2 in Canada and 107 in USA. The recommendations of Law Commission to enhance it to 100 per million has not been complied with so far, Justice Ramana said.

Justice Ramana said that the Central Government has announced a National Litigation Policy to reduce the pendency of cases.

According to the latest statistics, there are about 53,000 cases pending in the Supreme Court, 40 lakh in High Courts and 2.7 crore cases in the lower courts.

The Criminal Justice System is crippled as there is 90 per cent acquittal in criminal cases which is due to inefficient investigation and inept handling of the cases by investigation authorities.

Earlier, Justice Ramana, quoting from several historical judgments, said that the higher courts have played a progressive role in upholding the rule of law.

He quoted the judgment of Supreme Court in Kesavananda Bharati vs State of Kerala, Menaka Gandhi vs Union of India and Indira Gandhi vs Raj Narain.

At the end of the lecture, Justice Ramana regaled the audience by quoting select pieces from works of Rachakonda Viswanadha Sastri, who wrote satirically on the working conditions in court rooms. ANU Vice-Chancellor Y.R Haragopal Reddy, Rector K.V. Rao, Registrar M.V.N. Sarma and M.V. Ramkumar Ratnam, coordinator for the lecture, were present.

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