Chief Justice Of India Praises Narendra Modi

via PTI published on November 15, 2006

Ahmedabad/Rajkot, Nov 14: The country’s first evening courts today became functional in Ahmedabad and Rajkot with Chief Justice of India Y K Sabharwal commending Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for coming up with the innovative method to clear backlog of cases.

Speaking at the inaugural function, Sabharwal said “the problem of delay in dispensation of justice is not new. Law Commissions, numerous committees and reports have suggested ways to tackle this problem but unfortunatly on account of various reasons the backlog could not be reduced.” “In these circumstances, we need some innovative methods to reduce the number of pending cases. Evening courts is one of them,” Sabharwal said.

He congratulated Chief Minister Narendra Modi who had proposed the idea of setting up evening courts at a meeting of Chief Ministers.

Referring to the protest from a section of lawyers against evening courts, Sabharwal said whenever a new beginning is made there is some resistance.

Lawyers of Vadodara protested against setting up of the evening courts. Due to the opposition, the state government and the High Court decided not to start these courts in Vadodara and opted for Rajkot, state government sources said.

Of the 27 evening courts, 22 are in Ahmedabad and the rest in Rajkot. These courts will function from 1815 hours to 2015 hours.

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