BJD leader for fast-track courts to try MLAs, MPs

BJD leader Baijayant Panda has sought immediate steps to fast-track cases of crime against women and those involving criminal charges against elected representatives for which number of judges must be increased and infrastructure strengthened.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, the Lok Sabha member from Kendrapara in Orissa sought to highlight the deep-rooted flaws in the system that have been brought into focus after the incident of the gangrape leading to the death of a young woman in Delhi.

Panda said the incident brought to light the regressive attitudes in society, the efficacy of the police and the over-worked judiciary.

In his letter, Panda highlighted the crisis facing the judiciary and said judges per million population in India stands at 13, compared to 100 in developed countries.

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