A Special fast track court has imposed a cost of Rs 1,000 on the Director of Prosecution for not being vigilant and failing to provide a substitute prosecutor to it, causing a delay in disposal of cases.
The court also made it clear that the cost amount would be recovered from the salary of Director of Prosecution of Delhi government and said it should be deposited within a week.
“Non providing of substitute prosecutor on the part of Director of prosecution, Government of NCT of Delhi shows that he is not vigilant. Since this court is a Special Court pertaining to offence against women.
“The prosecution witness states that he has come from Uttarakhand. Non providing of substitute prosecutor has caused harassment to the witness and also caused delay in disposal of the case,” Additional Sessions Judge Ramesh Kumar-II, who was presiding over the special fast track court set to exclusively deal with cases of crime against women, said.
The court passed the similar order in two cases, relating to rape and molestation and imposed a cost of Rs 500 each on the Director of Prosecution.
It said that the copy of order be sent to the Secretary (Home) of Delhi government to recover the cost from the salary of the Director.
It also said that due to absence of substitute prosecutor, the court could not hear arguments of State on the bail plea of an accused and it caused delay in disposal of application.
One of the main function of the Director of Prosecution is to supervise the criminal cases, pending trials, appeal and revision in various courts. He is also required to supervise the conduct of prosecution in courts.
( Source – PTI )