No government wants strong judiciary: SC

"No government wants strong judiciary. It is only on the paper. Look at the budgetary allocation. It is less than one per cent."

Updated: Feb 11, 2011, 19:58 PM IST

New Delhi: "No government wants strong
judiciary," was how the Supreme Court on Friday expressed its
exasperation over the low budgetary allocation to the
judiciary.

A bench of Justices G S Singhvi and A K Ganguly said less
than one per cent of the budget is alloted to the judiciary
which is facing a huge infrastructural problem and shortage of
manpower.

"No government wants strong judiciary. It is only on the
paper. Look at the budgetary allocation. It is less than one
per cent," the bench remarked while pointing out that the
judiciary is overloaded and a large number of courts need to
be set up across the country for speedy justice delivery.

Pointing out the infrastructural problem and growing
vacancies in the judiciary, the court said, "it is a very very
difficult situation. If by chance the government does it
(setting up more courts), then we have difficulty in getting
competent people."

The court`s remarks came while hearing a petition filed
by former Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on phone-tapping
case. It expressed its displeasure over the tardy of progress
in the trial of the case.

PTI