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Posted On : 20 Sep, 2017  Source : PTI  Place : New Delhi 
Traffic challan cases should be handled by state authorities: Law ministry
Traffic challan cases should be withdrawn from regular courts and handled by state authorities so that the judiciary is relieved of some of its burden of pending cases, the law ministry has proposed.

In a letter to Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has proposed an amendment of the Motor Vehicles Act to allow state transport departments in states to set up their own adjudicating authorities to deal with all challan-related cases.

Once the law is amended, regular courts will no longer be the authority to adjudicate cases of traffic challans.

"You are already aware, rising pendency and backlog of cases in courts is a source of immense concern for the Government and the Judiciary.

"The National Mission on Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms is looking into the areas of law that are prone to excessive litigation and considering suitable policy and legislative measures to address it.

"One such area identified pertains to the traffic challan cases arising under the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988," Prasad said in his letter, seeking Gadkari's intervention in bringing the required amendment.
 
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