Guwahati(Assam),April 4: In consideration of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s letter, , urging the Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court to consider setting up of Fast Track Courts for day to day trial of cases of rape and murder of children and women for early disposal and punishment of culprits, the Gauhati High Court had already resolved to approve the proposal for setting up of exclusive Fast Track Courts for day to day trial of such cases.
In continuation of this, the Administrative Committee comprising the Chief Justice and three senior most judges today held a meeting in the office chamber of the Chief Justice of Gauahti High Court in the Gauhati High Court premises and after a threadbare discussion, the committee has resolved to establish one exclusive Fast Track Court to try the cases of rape and murder of women and children, in each district of Assam and to move the Govt. to create the required infrastructure, posts of Judges and supporting staff for the same.
In addition, keeping in view the increasing number of cases of rape and murder of women and children, the committee has also resolved, as an interim measure, to designate one court of Additional Sessions Judge in each district of Assam, as Fast Track Court to try the said cases on day to day basis. And, in case of absence of the Court of Additional Sessions Judge in a given district, the Court of Sessions Judge will be the Fast Track Court there. And, after establishment of the exclusive Fast Track Courts, these courts will automatically revert to their earlier status.
The Committee has further resolved that the three courts of Additional Sessions Judge already earmarked as Fast Track Courts in the districts of Kamrup (M), Nagaon and Dhubri will continue to work in the same capacity and the other cases pending in those courts, except the cases relating to rape and murder of women and children, be withdrawn and transferred to other courts forthwith.
In other words, there shall be two Fast Track Courts in the aforesaid three districts. The committee has also clarified that the three courts will continue to function as such even after establishment of exclusive Fast Track Courts in the said districts as the number of pending cases are high in those districts.