New Delhi: Chief Justice of India SA Bobde on Monday set up a two-Supreme Court judge panel to speed up rape trials across India.
This comes days after a 26-year-old woman was gangraped and set ablaze by four men in Telangana, which led to a Pan-India outrage over women safety.
CJI Bobde constituted this panel in the exercise of his administrative powers for the purpose of monitoring of the cases to ensure their speedy disposal in a time-bound manner, Bar and Bench said in a report.
Further, last week, after the Telangana encounter, SA Bobde had admitted, “Recent events in country have sparked off the old debate with new vigour. There is no doubt that criminal justice system must reconsider its position and attitude towards laxity and eventual time it takes to dispose off criminal matters.”
Prior to this, on December 13, Andhra Pradesh cleared the bill seeking the stringent punishment including the death penalty in cases of sexual abuses against women, within 21 days of FIR being filed. As per the new act, trial of such cases should be completed in 14 days and judgment should be delivered within 21 days.