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Updated: December 13, 2011 16:35 IST

Khurshid admits justice delivery system slow

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Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid. File photo
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Union Law Minister Salman Khurshid. File photo

Admitting that the justice delivery system in the country was slow, the government on Tuesday said efforts were on to ensure matters are decided in courts within three to five years.

“I cannot comment on legal system procedures and rule of law,” Law Minister Salman Khurshid said when asked about the delay in Afzal Guru case.

However, he said, “We are not entirely happy with the pace at which the rule of law is implemented in our country and that is a reason why we have a mission for justice delivery.”

Speaking to reporters outside Parliament House, he said, “The Chief Justice has spoken of this and my predecessor has spoken of it and we are moving ahead with the mission and an enormous amount of effort has to be put in to ensure that matters are decided in courts within three to five years and nothing should go beyond five years.”

“However,” he said, “there are still some cases which go beyond five years.

“We want quick justice in all matters. This (Parliament attack) is of course a symbolic and significant event that we cannot easily forget but nevertheless even for such an event there is not much one can do except to hope that our entire system learns to respond in a much faster manner,” he added.

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