High Court Judge Justice B. Chandra Kumar has said that right to justice is every person’s right, but justice was getting delayed as there were insufficient number of courts and judicial officers in the country.

Justice Chandra Kumar answered the questions posed by students at an interactive session organised by NRI Institute of Technology, at Pothavarappadu village in Krishna district on Saturday.

Responding to a question posed by a student, Saranya, on why justice was being delayed, the judge clarified that it was the duty of the rulers to give timely justice to the people, but it was unfortunate that Judiciary was being neglected and not even one per cent of the total budget was being allocated to judiciary. More courts should be set up and enough number of officers appointed for speedy disposal of cases, he said.

A student, P. Renuka, asked the judge on why some criminals and the corrupt were not punished?

Mr. Chandra Kumar clarified that it was not correct that culprits were being allowed to escape.

The recent incidents of jailing high-level bureaucrats and public representatives in the ongoing cases were examples to show that guilty were being punished.

A student, Praveen Kumar, wanted to know why punishments were not stringent in rape and sexual harassment cases in India, when compared to other countries, the judge explained that Acts were being framed by the Legislative Bodies.

The MLAs and Parliament Members, elected by the people, prepare Acts and the courts are only implementing agencies, he said.

When a student, Prathyusha, asked whether the present education system required changes, in view of the changing technology, crime rate and corruption, Justice Chandra Kumar said that the Government had constituted several Commissions and Experts Committees, which submitted reports suggesting revision of the existing education system, which is essential.

The youngsters asked questions like: ‘How long India can be called a developing country?’,

‘Why a voter must be a graduate, but not the contestant for MLC elections?’ and ‘Are the voters having right to question the public representatives’.

The judge advised the students to take freedom fighters, great personalities in different fields as role models and form a clean and powerful society.