SRINAGAR, September 6: Under the guidance and patronage of Chief Patron of State Judicial Academy, Mr. Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar, Chief Justice, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir and Committee of Judges, State Judicial Academy Mr. Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar, Chairman, Mr. Justice Hasnain Massodi and Mr. Justice Janak Raj Kotwal Members Jammu and Kashmir State Judicial Academy today conducted one day “Inter-segment Conference on Criminal Justice Delivery system” for all District and Sessions Judges, District Superintendents of Police, Public Prosecutors and Chief Prosecution Officers of Kashmir province.
Mr. Justice Hasnain Massodi, Judge, High Court of Jammu and Kashmir was the Resource person in the pre-lunch session which was comprised of two sessions. Session-I was on the topic “Rights of the victim in Criminal cases” and Session-II was on “Rights of the Accused in Criminal Investigation and Trial”.
The proceedings were conducted by Mr. Pawan Dev Kotwal, Director, State Judicial Academy. In his introductory remarks, Director, State Judicial Academy welcomed the Resource person & participating Officers and deliberated on the need for organizing of such Conference for all the stakeholders of Criminal Justice delivery system.
The post lunch session was presided over by Mr. Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar, Chairman Committee, State Judicial Academy and commenced with the presentations made by representatives of four groups of participating officers i.e. Judicial Officers, Police officers and chief Prosecuting officers and public prosecutors as to the various “Causes for Delay of criminal investigation and Trial and Remedial measures required to be taken”. Participating officers raised many issues which were responded to by the panelist comprising of Mr. Garib Dass Deputy Inspector General of Police, Ms. Dilshad Shaheen, Special Secretary Home and Mr. Dilshad Ahmad, Special Secretary Law.
In final and concluding remarks, Mr. Justice Attar appreciated the issues raised by the participating officers and concerns shown by them for remedial measures for expeditious and fair investigation and trial. His Lordship said that most of the causes given by the participating officers relate to the issues to be taken up and settled by the State, for e.g. separation of Investigating wing of police from law and order enforcement agency and State must take call to comply with the directions of the Supreme Court in this regard. His Lordship further stressed that despite many and limitations and constraints, all the stakeholders shall put in their un-tired efforts for cutting delays and fair trial. His Lordship said that dispensation of justice is a divine function and almighty has chosen all of us for the said purpose, therefore, every wing of the system responsible for administration of justice shall take their responsibilities and individual efforts would not only yield positive results but also will satisfy the conscious of the officers.
The programme was concluded with vote of thanks by the Director, State Judicial Academy who expressed his gratitude to the visiting Resource persons and participants and hoped that the programme/course might be beneficial for the officers especially to make coordinated efforts to achieve the ultimate goal of expeditious and fair trial and justice to the aggrieved parties.