Chief Justice of High Court also opens mediation centre
HASSAN: Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court P.D. Dinakaran inaugurated a videoconferencing facility at the district court premises here on Friday.
During the inaugural videoconferencing session, an undertrial told him from prison that he had been in jail for more than seven years and requested that his case be heard at the earliest.
Moved by the appeal, the Chief Justice directed Principal District and Sessions Judge Somasekhar as well as the Jail Superintendent to record the statements of the accused within four months and deliver a final verdict within six months. He said justice delayed was justice denied.
Mr. Dinakaran directed Superintendent of Police K.V. Sharatchandra to ensure proper execution of warrants and to cooperate with the judiciary by serving summons.
Justice Ram Mohan Reddy, who is the administrative judge of Hassan district, described the directive of the Chief Justice as historic.
Justice Dinakaran also inaugurated a district mediation centre on the court premises here.
Jail Superintendent Tanvir Ahmed told the Chief Justice through videoconferencing that there were 292 undertrials in the jail, of which seven had been in prison for more than five years. Deputy Inspector-General (Prisons) V.S. Raja also participated in the conference.
Addressing the gathering, Justice Reddy said it was Justice Bannur Math who first started the videoconferencing facility in the State. The judge was instrumental in computerising records in all taluk and district courts, he added. He said that at the mediation centre, five trained personnel would work to bring about solutions to people’s problems.