Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has called for steps to ensure that the criminal justice system remains healthy, responsive and swift in delivery of justice.

Inaugurating a special training programme organised by the Directorate of Training for the newly recruited assistant public prosecutors here earlier this week, she asked them to assist the court keeping the highest standards of probity and ethics.

Ms. Dikshit critically underlined the important role of the public prosecutors and their functions in the criminal justice system.

Mr. Justice Manmohan Sarin of the Delhi High Court presided over the function.

The Chief Minister advised the assistant public prosecutors to gain and retain the confidence of the people they represented. She noted that the fast changing world required them to keep abreast of the latest developments in their field and the Government on its part would provide them the required support so that greater efficiency could be achieved.

Justice Sarin emphasised that training should be interactive and the assistant public prosecutors should not hesitate to clear any doubts they may have. He also suggested that the training programme include a segment on judicial ethics and the conduct of assistant public prosecutors inside and outside the court.

He suggested that one of the reforms that could be considered was that an independent police authority carry out scrutiny of challans prior to their being filed, a function at present performed by public prosecutors. A checklist should be prepared to ensure that the filing of charge sheet was done properly.