CJI’s five plus zero: HC seeks details of under trials

CJI’s five plus zero: HC seeks details of under trials

SRINAGAR: To make Chief Justice of India’s initiative of ‘five plus zero’ a reality, the High court on Saturday asked all the Principal District & Session Judges to provide details of under-trial prisoners and status of their cases.
Five plus zero is an initiative by the superior judiciary to ensure that cases pending for more than five years in courts are taken up on a priority and eventually brought down to zero.
The details are required by the high court for sending its views to the Chief Justice Conference, the agenda of which is “monitoring the mechanism for tracking the progress of the cases of under trial prisoners,” Registrar General of the high court said in an order issue here.
Sources said that the details have been sought following the receipt of a letter by the high court’s chief justice from Chief Justice of India T S Thakur who wants to make ‘five plus zero’ a reality.
In the letter, the CJI has identified a number of other issue besides the issue of the under trails for deliberations in a three-day conference scheduled for April 22-24.
The other key areas identified include speedy justice for the marginalized sections of the society, differently abled persons; fast­tracking of matters relating to crime against women, children, senior citizens; and quick disposal of corruption cases.
The CJI has asked high court chief justices to discuss the issues with ‘brother judges’ (judges of the respective high courts) and propose additional items ‘concerning administration of justice’ within three weeks for the inclusion on the meeting agenda.
In the letter, its learnt, the CJI also calls for strengthening the juvenile justice system, including construction of various juvenile homes and ensuring their working.
The creation of facilities, friendly to the differently abled, is suggested to be on the agenda of the conference.  In this regard, the Registrar General has also requested the Principal District & Session judges to intimidate whether the PD&SJ court as well as district courts have disabled friendly provisions or not. The information is to be submitted within a week, the Registrar General added.

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