The Department of Justice is in talks with states that have not yet launched all or some of the FTSCs they have scheduled. Credible sources informed that new letters have been sent to these states recently. A further 10 states are required to conduct all FTSCs as prescribed.
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The central government has decided to set up 1,023 FTSCs in 31 states and union territories after the passage of the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act in 2018. Of these, 389 courts are only there to deal with cases involving child protection from sexual offenses and violations of the Pokసోmon Act.
All FTSC operations have started in 17 states, including Delhi and UP
The Department of Justice is in talks with states that have not yet launched all or some of the FTSCs they have scheduled. According to sources, new letters have been sent to these states recently. A further 10 states are required to conduct all FTSCs as prescribed. A total of 674 27 states and union territories, including 367 pox courts, have started operating against the proposed special fast track courts.
At the same time, as of August this year, these courts have settled 56,267 cases despite the lockdown. According to government sources, 28 states and union territories have given their consent to the speedy courts. But West Bengal, which has been proposed by 123 courts, Andaman and Nicobar by one and Arunachal Pradesh by three courts has not yet given its assent. Interestingly, nine of the 18 courts in Andhra Pradesh have started functioning.
Bihar has allotted 54 FTSCs, but so far 45 courts have been opened. Similarly, Maharashtra has so far conducted 33 such courts with a quota of 138. 17 states including Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Nagaland have started functioning of all the FTSCs allotted to them.
The state does not need such a court at present: Arunachal
The Justice Ministry has told the Justice Ministry that there is no need for such speedy courts in the state at present as the number of cases is low in Arunachal Pradesh. Relevant sources said that two fast-track courts have been allotted for Goa. Goa has given its consent for FTSC but it has not been launched yet. In fact, it requires the consent of the states because the FTSC is part of a centrally sponsored scheme in which both the center and the states cooperate.