The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, said that Allahabad High Court will complete 150 years of its existence on March 17, 2016. He was speaking at the inauguration of the year-long sesquicentennial celebrations of the Allahabad High Court, on Sunday (March 13).
He said that the High Court building will also complete 100 years of its existence in November 2016. “There is thus a dual purpose to these celebrations in what is one of the largest temples of justice not just in India but the entire world. Today, the Allahabad High Court has jurisdiction over the largest state in India, covering nearly one-sixth of our total population,” he stated.
“The rich jurisprudence emerging from this Court has benefited not just the people of Uttar Pradesh but the country at large,” Mukherjee said. He congratulated the Allahabad High Court for its glorious contributions over one and a half century.
The President also expressed his concern regarding the large numbers of pending cases across the various courts in the country. “The country needs speedy and affordable justice”, said the President. The pressing need is to fill the vacant posts of judges in various High Courts, District Courts and Subordinate Courts of the country. “There are a total of 1056 sanctioned posts of judges in the country out of which only 591 judges have been appointed till now”, he rued.
The President called upon the speeding up of information and communication technology in the judicial system. The process of computerisation of district and subordinate courts is underway through the eCourts Integrated Mission Mode project of the Central Government.
He was happy that a Centre for Information Technology has been established in the Allahabad High Court. About one crore decided case files running into 50 crore pages are to be digitised within a year, he said.
Other dignitaries who shared the dais with him at the inauguration of the 150 Years celebrations were the Chief Justice of India, T S Thakur, Union Law Minister, Sadanmand Gowda, UP Governor, Ram Naik, UP Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav and Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court, D Y Chandrachund.
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