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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Nailing a verdict in record time

A court in Chennai has taken just 40 days to clear a murder case before it. According to the Press Trust of India, "[t]he court sentenced four persons on Thursday (December 16) for murder in a case that was registered only on November 2 ... Claiming it to be a national record, public prosecutor Jyothimani told news persons that a few months ago a case in Scotland had been decided in 60 days."

To put this in perspective, it is estimated that India's legal system is so slow that at current speeds, it will take 350 years to clear the backlog of cases that have already piled up. So reaching a verdict in 40 days is something to be proud of, but claiming a "national record" is a bit bizarre. Maybe they should grow their nails next.
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