New Delhi: Delhi government has requested the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court to appoint around 100 new judges in district courts to ensure speedy justice, particularly in cases relating to violence against women.
The request was made to Chief Justice N V Ramana by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at a meeting yesterday.
Law Minister Somnath Bharti, who was caught in a controversy following his move to convene a meeting of Delhi judges, was also present in the meeting.
"We have requested for appointment of 100 more judges to ensure speedy justice to the people especially to deal with cases of violence against women," Bharti said.
He said the government will provide all the necessary infrastructure to ensure speedy disposal of cases.
"We will provide all necessary infrastructure. But the recruitment process has to be initiated by the High Court," Bharti said.
The meeting came in the backdrop of a controversy involving Bharti. He had proposed to convene a meeting of all judges of Delhi courts to improve the justice delivery system.
His proposal was strongly opposed by Delhi government`s Law Secretary A S Yadav who reasoned that it would not be proper to convene such a meeting as judiciary was independent of the executive and that the matter must be referred to the Delhi High Court.
Bharti, himself a lawyer, was peeved at the Law Secretary`s views and believed to have rebuked Yadav over the issue.
It is learnt that Yadav, who was district and sessions judge before being sent on deputation to Delhi government, has applied for repatriation back to the judiciary.
The Minister had rejected reports that he had rebuked the Law Secretary.