Thursday, March 31, 2011

[ZESTCaste] TN SC/ST courts move at top speed

TN SC/ST courts move at top speed

* March 31, 2011
* By Pramila Krishnan
* DC
* chennai

TN SC/ST courts move at top speed

Unlike regular courts, special courts for scheduled castes and
scheduled tribes in Tamil Nadu are disposing of cases expeditiously
with the courts performing better than such special courts in other
states, says a study by National Law School of India University,

The results of the study, conducted to determine how these special
courts are functioning, has prompted the Union government to announce
the formation of special courts in all states, say activists.

Special courts to deal with atrocities against SC/STs currently
function in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, Uttar
Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Recently, Union social justice and
empowerment minister Mukul Wasnik said he had asked all states to set
up exclusive courts to dispose of cases related to SC/STs.

According to the NLSIU study, these courts in Tamil Nadu are speedier
at delivering justice than those in other states. While special courts
in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh on average take nearly two years to
dispose of a case, TN courts take around a year and four months. NLSIU
research report says TN courts have disposed of over 216 cases filed
in special courts for SC/STs from 1998.

Detailing the factors which delay the disposal of cases, researcher P.
Ramesh and advocates Pandi Rajan and Ganesan say the delay in deciding
atrocity cases starts even before the trial process formally begins
with the submission of chargesheet in special courts. It takes almost
of five to six days even to file the first information report. The
delay at this initial stage could be due to lack of awareness about
the SC/ST Act or due to unwillingness of the police to register the
FIR, they said.

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