The Allahabad High Court today refused to interfere in a Public Interest Litigation seeking establishment of fast-track courts across Uttar Pradesh for trial of rape cases, against the backdrop of the sexual assault of a paramedic student in Delhi last month.
The court observed that the matter deserved to be decided by the Supreme Court so that there were no "conflicting views" on the issue.
The PIL was filed by Jayant Kumar, an advocate practising at the High Court who had prayed for issuing of directions for setting up of fast-track courts in the state which could help curb the growing incidence of sexual crimes against women and "prevent incidents like the Delhi gang-rape from taking place in UP".
A Division Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice Dilip Gupta, however, refused to interfere in the matter and dismissed the PIL observing that petitions seeking setting up of fast track courts for speedy trial of rape cases were already pending before the apex court.
"It would be in the interest of all concerned that the matter be decided by the Supreme Court so that there may not be conflicting views on the issue", the Bench said. PTI COR NAC SMI 01042005 NNNN