‘Their service conditions should be on a par with that of judges'
Public prosecutors should be upright, not yield to any extraneous considerations and work independently without being influenced by the government, said Governor H.R. Bhardwaj on Saturday.
Participating in the inauguration of 11th State-level conference of the Karnataka State Prosecuting Officers' Association in Bangalore, he said that the stand of the prosecuting officers will have a serious ramification on the criminal justice system, and hence those amenable for extraneous considerations are not fit to be in these posts.
Recommending that prosecuting officers should be paid well, Mr. Bhardwaj said that their dignity of office and service conditions should be equivalent to that of the judges, and they should have a good library.
Stressing that upright advocate-generals and the prosecuting officers are essential for effective functioning of justice delivery system, the Governor pointed out that things are drifting in different ways in the country as quality of advocate-generals and the prosecuting officers is diminishing.
A word of praise
Describing Karnataka as a dynamic State in the justice delivery system, he said that the State has responsible prosecutors.
Home and Transport Minister R. Ashok said that a new batch of 143 assistant public prosecutors has taken charge recently, and the government is in the process of promoting many assistant public prosecutors and senior assistant public prosecutors.
Stating that the government is trying to equip the prosecutors better by providing laptops and other facilities, he said that prosecutors need information technology support to keep them updated on various subjects.
Mr. Ashok also said that the prosecutors need to be quick in handling the cases related to terrorism and naxal activities.
Referring to the boycott of courts by the advocates, Mr. Ashok said that lawyers need to understand the plight of the litigants and withdraw the boycott. He hoped that a solution would be arrived at for the problem of differences between the media and the advocates following violence at the city civil court complex on March 2.
‘Respect one another'
Later, in reply to a query on advocates' boycott of court proceedings, Mr. Bhardwaj said that the police, the media, and the advocates should respect one another and behave in a civilised manner. Stating that no purpose will be served by fighting against each other, he said his attempts to convince the lawyers to withdraw boycott did not yield any result as lawyers have stuck to their demands.