The Law Ministry has earmarked Rs 4,144 crore for setting up 1,800 Fast Track Courts (FTCs) for a period of five years (2015-2020) as endorsed by the 14th Finance Commission.Uttar Pradesh will receive a big share of the fund with Rs 488.08 crore for 212 FTCs, followed by Maharashtra and Daman and Diu who will get Rs 469.67 crore for 204 courts. Gujarat will get Rs 400.59 for 174 courts.Currently, there are only 722 FTCs handling 5,88,992 cases. Maharashtra tops the list with 97,942 cases pending in 100 courts, followed by Bihar who has 55,469 between 55 courts. Tamil Nadu has 50,641 cases pending in 69 courts.Responding to a question in Parliament, Minister of State for Law and Justice PP Chaudhary submitted that the 14th Finance Commission had endorsed the Centre’s proposal to strengthen the judicial system in states — which includes establishing 1,800 FTCs for a period of five years for crime cases involving senior citizens, women, children etc.Chaudhary also said that the Department of Justice has released Rs 1,561.15 crore for computerisation of district and subordinate courts in the country under eCourts Mission Mode Project Phase I (Rs 639.41) & Phase-II (Rs 921.7).Similarly, earlier this month, the Supreme Court accepted the Centre’s proposal to set up 12 fast track courts (FTC) to speed up trials in pending cases involving MPs and MLAs.Observing that the proposed scheme was “tentative” and at a “rudimentary stage”, a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Navin Sinha directed the states and the respective high courts to set up the special courts and get them functional by March 1.These 12 FTCs — combining several states in respect of which jurisdiction will be exercised by one special court, would adjudicate 1571 criminal cases pending against lawmakers.In an affidavit filed earlier this week, the Centre submitted that Rs 7.80 crore had been earmarked to set up the special courts, a move that was approved by the top court.Maha topsCurrently, there are only 722 FTCs handling 5,88,992 cases. Maharashtra tops the list with 97,942 cases pending in 100 courts, followed by Bihar who has 55,469.
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