New Delhi: Admitting that the justice delivery system in the country was slow, Government on Tuesday said efforts were on to ensure matters are decided in courts within three to five years.
"I cannot comment on legal system procedures and rule of
law," Law Minister Salman Khurshid said when asked about the
delay in Afzal Guru case.
However, he said, "we are not entirely happy with the
pace at which the rule of law is implemented in our country
and that is a reason why we have a mission for justice
Speaking to reporters outside Parliament House, he said,
"The Chief Justice has spoken of this and my predecessor has
spoken of it and we are moving ahead with the mission and an
enormous amount of effort has to be put in to ensure that
matters are decided in courts within three to five years
and nothing should go beyond five years".
"However," he said, "there are still some cases which go
beyond five years.
"We want quick justice in all matters. This (Parliament
attack) is of course a symbolic and significant event that we
cannot easily forget but nevertheless even for such an event
there is not much one can do except to hope that our entire
system learns to respond in a much faster manner," he added.
On the question of inclusion of citizen`s grievances Bill
in the Lokpal Bill, Khurshid said "Cabinet will consider it."
Asked about the government`s views on keeping lower
bureaucracy and the Prime Minister under Lokpal, he said "wait
for the Bill you will know."
Whether government still wants to go ahead with the food
security Bill in the backdrop of falling rupee rate and slide
in industrial output, he said government is committed to do
"Can government afford to go people hungry. Therefore,
whatever else we have to do we have to ensure that people of
the country particularly marginalised people get the
protection they need and dignity they need, we will do
whatever in our capacity to do that," he said.