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Violence unusually high in Tripura: outgoing HC Chief Justice

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  13 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

AGARTALA, May 11: Expressing great concern over the ‘unusually high amount of violence, including such acts against women in the state, outgoing Chief Justice of Tripura High Court Deepak Gupta remarked that ‘may be due to terrorism people have become immune to violence’.

Justice Gupta who was interacting with media persons yesterday, viewed that settlement of disputes should not be done by extra constitutiol bodies that do not have legal basis.

At a time when the Chief Justice of India Tirath Singh Thakur said there is an idequate number of judges to handle pending cases, according to outgoing Tripura High Court Chief Justice in the Northeastern states along with Tripura less number of cases being registered in the court is a matter of worry.

He appealed to the citizens to come to court and raise their problem for settlement of disputes. Moreover, he said that “in some of the Northeastern state traditiol tribal courts go much beyond the jurisdiction; they have been settling rape cases, murder cases. That cannot be settled by tribal court.”

Justice Gupta said that the traditiol tribal laws of the region which needs immediate codification. On determining the reason behind less number of people coming to court the Chief Justice Gupta felt may be due to low level of awareness about constitutiol rights and fundamental rights of the citizens in the region beside poverty.

On the achievements of the High Court of Tripura during the last three years, Justice Gupta pointed out that there were a total number of 6,615 pending cases. But now pendency is reduced to 2,804 and pendency of old cases reduced to only 90 and which is just three percent.

Moreover, the Tripura High Court became the first in the country to introduce SMS service whereby every litigant and lawyers get information about the next date of hearing of the case in time. The same service is now operating in 59 of 66 lower courts of Tripura. After Tripura, push based SMS service started in many other high courts and also in the Supreme Court, Justice Gupta stated.

Justice Gupta is leaving Tripura today and would assume charge as the Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court on Monday. Justice Tinlianthang Vaiphei of the Gauhati High Court has been appointed as the next Chief Justice of Tripura. (ANI)

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