Focus on delivering justice
Nation witnessed the CJI becoming emotional, citing low number of judges in the country responsible for piling up of court-cases. Main cause for slow justice is unholy culture of liberal adjournments and ex-party stay-orders. Vice-President Hamid Ansari rightly had once commented that liberal adjournments in courts need to be taken seriously by the judiciary for reforms within. RTI response following a CIC-verdict has revealed that successive CJIs deferred constituting a larger bench with comments like ‘Put it later’, ‘Put it after vacations’. Surprisingly the SC even granted stay against senior lawyers coming under purview of service-tax! Lawyers have become habitual of seeking adjournments even at CIC-hearings where fortunately the culture of allowing adjournments does not exist. It is observed that lawyers seek adjournments on flimsy grounds because of being paid separately for each of the hearing. If the CJI is really sincere for fast justice-delivery-system, he should ensure that courts may not grant liberal adjournments and ex-party stay-orders. Heavy costs should be imposed on parties losing the case after seeking ex-party stay orders, as a deterrent against such practices. Justice delivery system should be made so easy that ordinary citizens may normally and ordinarily be able to contest court-cases even without lawyers.
Subhash Chandra Agrawal
Worrying over water
Apropos of the column ‘Maharashtra’s water woes’ (FE, April 25), one must understand that not all topgraphies lend themselves to better irrigation efficiency. Maharashtra does, of course, great evil to itself and the cause of water conservation with sugar farming. At the same time, the terrain in some of Maharashtra’s worst-hit districts in the current drought are not really the best place to be thinking of expanding irrigation infrastructure—that should only be if they are close to a major water source. Beed, for example, is mostly deep ravines and it is very difficult to get irrigation to reach the farming communities in the district. With such poor terrain, no wonder, Maharashtra has spent many times more than Gujarat and has seen much worse irrigation efficiency.