Mumbai: The conviction rate in Maharashtra, said to be worst in the country, has improved marginally to 15.2 per cent in the last six months of 2013, home minister R R Patil said.
The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) figures for 2011 show that Maharashtra has the worst conviction rate in the country lagging behind even Bihar and Uttar Pradesh at abysmal single-digit 8.2 per cent.
Meanwhile, the senior NCP leader also sought to link the poor conviction rate to growing number of cases filed sans enough evidence in courts of law in the state.
“The conviction rate has improved. Earlier, it was 8.7 per cent but in the last six months it has gone up to 15.2 per cent,” Patil said.
Observing that this improvement is far from being satisfactory.
“Many a times, we see that cases are filed in courts without sufficient evidence. (Ideally), cases should be filed with sufficient evidence only, in Maharashtra we see each and every case is taken to court. If this is done, the pendency of cases before courts will come down,” Patil said.