New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: Not a single fast track court established by the state government is functioning in Odisha, informed Union Law and Justice Minister (MoS) P.P Chaudhary in Rajya Sabha.
In a written statement to an unstarred question asked by BJD MP Anubhav Mohanty on Friday, the union minister said that the fast track courts are set up by the state government in consultation with the high court as per the requirement.
Total 72 fast track courts were set up during 11th finance commission in Odisha, out of which 35 fast track courts were functional by 2009. The 11th finance commission had provided funds for setting up those courts. Later, the state government had allocated funds for setting up the fast track courts till March 31, 2016, Chaudhary said in a written statement.
As per the Supreme Court’s judgment in Brij Mohan Lal vs Centre, 35 fast track courts were closed. In place of these courts, 34 new ADJ courts were set up in Odisha, the minister informed.
In a written reply, Chaudhary said that the union government has approved the proposal of 14th finance commission for strengthening the infrastructure of Law and Justice system in the states following which 63 fast track courts were set up in Odisha at expenditure of Rs 145.4 crore for duration of five years to dispose the cases relating to senior citizens, women, children and serious crimes.