33 p.c. district judge posts for women: CJ

TIRUCHI, MARCH, 29. The Tamil Nadu Government has issued orders stipulating 33 per cent reservation for women in direct recruitment for posts of district and subordinate judges. The Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, B. Subhashan Reddy, told presspersons here today that the Government had passed the orders on the representation made by the court.

Welcoming the Government announcement to initiate steps for amending Section 167 Cr.P.C. for video-conferencing for examining witness in prison, the Chief Justice said he had also suggested changes in sections in the Indian Evidence Act. Videoconferencing for extension of remand for high profile prisoners within the jail itself would ensure greater security and obviate the need for heavy bandobust and escorting them.

The High Court was keen on implementing the same once the provisions of 167 Cr.P.C. were amended.

Videoconferencing of witnesses would also be of great help to witnesses like surgeons, he added. The High Court had asked the Government to bring dowry harassment under Section 498 of the I.P.C. a compoundable offense so that these cases could be disposed of quickly. Since the Act came under the Concurrent List, the Assembly could make the amendments and send them for ratification by the President.

The Government had yesterday sanctioned Rs.44.8 crores for the building complex of the Madurai bench of the High Court.

The Chief Justice, who inspected the progress of the work in Madurai yesterday, was confident that the building would be ready for occupation by October.

The foundation for the Rs.18-lakh legal aid building in Tiruchi would be laid. Mr. Justice Reddy said the total number of cases pending in various district courts was around 10 lakhs, and in the High court 1.35 lakh original cases and 2 lakh miscellaneous suits. Fast Track Courts had been asked to treat April as the quick disposal month.

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