Gujarat high court issued a stern warning to judges in lower courts about sluggish trials. High Court warned that,’ who do not conduct speedy trials in criminal cases, should be prepared for departmental action.’
Justice J B Pardiwala sluggish trials clear violation of Article 21 of the Constitution. Constitution guarantees a speedy trial to an accused. He also observed that courts routinely flout the mandate of section 309 of the CrPC and the Supreme Court’s repeated directions for “expeditious trials”.
HC cited the Magna Carta, which promised in 1215: “We will sell to no man, we will not deny or defer to any man either justice or right.”
The high court quoted an HC circular issued in 2001, which mandated courts to conduct speedy trials. Justice Pardiwala noticed that this express instruction was not at all followed by trial courts. He directed the HC’s registrar general to issue a fresh circular with the addition that “non-compliance with the directions may lead to departmental action in accordance with law.