//CJI not happy with state-level rights commission

CJI not happy with state-level rights commission

New Delhi, Aug. 20 (PTI): Voicing his displeasure over State Governments not taking serious note of human rights violations, Chief Justice of India Y K Sabharwal on Saturday said this was borne out from the fact very few of them have taken steps to set up human rights commissions.

"Thirteen years have passed since the Act for setting up of State Human Rights Commission was passed. But only 14 states have set up the commission," he said at a conference of All India Interdepartmental Cooperation Dialogue and Meeting on Social Justice.

Narrating the functioning of State level rights commissions at the conference organised by the National Legal Services Authority, the CJI said out of the 14, four are defunct and very few are operating in letter and spirit of the Act.

Speaking about the problem area of judiciary, Justice Sabharwal said "the strength and infrastructure of judicial organ remained deprived of periodic review and sustenance for too long".

He said the growing population, the increasing awareness of rights and abiding confidence of the people in the judiciary saw a litigation boom which our judicial set up was not sufficiently equipped to handle.

"The natural fall out was an overburdened system, too chocked to be able to provide expeditious or inexpensive justice," he said.