The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Centre and the States in a public interest litigation seeking proper implementation of the Gram Nyayalayas Act, 2008 (the Act). The matter was listed before the bench of Justices NV Ramana and Ajay Rastogi.
The need for this legislation was pressed by the 114th Report of the Law Commission of India in 1986 in order to ensure access to justice for all and speedy disposal of matters. Identifying rural poor as the victims of the present judicial system, the Act was passed in 2008 to create Gram Nyayalayas at the 'grassroots level', in consonance with Article 39-A of the Constitution. However, the same has not been implemented properly till date, submitted Advocate Prashant Bhushan on behalf of National Federation of Societies for Fast Justice.
The Petitioners have based their plea on the following grounds:
The Petitioners have also sought directions to the Central government to provide adequate financial support for these establishments, over and above what has been provided for under the Scheme for Central Assistance.
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