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Niti Aayog for 'judicial performance index' to check pendency

Asserting that corruption cases get held up in the judicial system inordinately, the policy think-tank has also recommended putting a time-limit for processing them.

April 30, 2017 / 11:25 AM IST

The Niti Aayog has suggested introduction of a 'judicial performance index' to check delay in trial and address the issue of pendency of cases.

Asserting that corruption cases get held up in the judicial system inordinately, the policy think-tank has also recommended putting a time-limit for processing them. In its draft three-year action agenda (for 2017-18 to 2019-20), the Aayog has suggested several judicial reforms, including increasing the use of information and communication technology, and streamlining judicial appointments. The draft was circulated among the Niti Aayog's Governing Council members (consisting of chief ministers of all states and others) on April 23.

The report says it takes over "eight years to finalise a major vigilance case from the date of occurrence of irregularity" and underlined the need to speed up decision- making process in corruption cases.

"The judicial system is another avenue where corruption cases get held up. Delays in obtaining justice encourage the corrupt and discourage those who are honest.