‘Delay In Bail Is The Biggest Punishment’, CJI NV Ramana Worries About The Justice System

Delay In Bail Is The Biggest Punishment: Supreme Court Chief Justice NV Ramana made a big comment about personal freedom. Addressing the 18th All-India Legal Service Meet held in Jaipur, the Chief Justice said, ‘In our criminal justice system, the process is punishment. From hasty and arbitrary arrests to difficulties in obtaining bail, undertrials spend long periods in prison. This process, therefore, needs urgent attention.’

Delay In Bail Is The Biggest Punishment

Delay In Bail Is The Biggest Punishment

Earlier, the Supreme Court had given a message to the Centre, ‘Let the country never become a police state.’ The top court of the country has given a message to the central government to think about the new rules on the bail law and to consider the justice aspect of the criminals. Some of analysts think that this comment of the Chief Justice after that message is quite significant. The Chief Justice said, ‘One of the serious problems affecting our criminal justice system is the population of undertrials in our jails. About 80 percent of the 6.10 lakh prisoners in India’s 1378 jails are undertrials.

In the presence of Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, the Chief Justice said, ‘I have repeatedly highlighted two problems facing the judiciary – judicial vacancies and judicial infrastructure. I hope the government will speed up the process of filling up judicial vacancies.’ Meanwhile, Rijiju in his speech mentioned the increase in the number of pending cases in the country. Gradually this number is reaching 5 crores. The law minister said, ‘We should have a justice system that is speedy in immortality. The number of pending cases in our country is 5 crore. What will happen after 25 years?’

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