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Moily unhappy with delay in cases by fast track courts

Last Updated: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 18:46

New Delhi: Unhappy with the delay in the
Pratibha Murthy rape and murder case, Law Minister Veerappa
Moily on Friday said he was talking to judiciary so that the very
concept of fast track courts is "not distorted" and was also
working on a law to bring consistency in sentencing.

"I must say that it is not justifiable for the delay.
A Fast Track Court is a Fast Track Court and that is what it
is meant for. This is a matter we all should revisit and
ensure that the fast track courts should serve the purpose for
which they are there," he said.
On whether any step was being taken in this regard,
Moily said he was considering the issue and "talking to the
judiciary so that the very concept of the fast track courts is
not distorted".

After a five-year trial, a Fast Track Court in
Bangalore sentenced cab driver Shiva Kumar to life
imprisonment till death by for killing 22-year-old Pratibha
Srikanthamurthy, the only child of Gowramma, a widow.

Moily also said that he was working on "sentencing
guidelines...where the courts give varying judgements...I am
bringing out a law in itself so that there will be some sort
of a consistency and also a uniformity in sentencing in the
"This looks to be a rarest of rare cases but still I
can`t pass a value judgement on that, after all this is the
original judicial court," he said.

Expressing sympathy with Pratibha`s family, he said,
"I can understand the concerns of the family. Pratibha was the
only daughter of her mother."


First Published: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 18:46

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