India’s judicial system has long been known for its clunky inefficiency. So when Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke of the need for “ease of justice” alongside ease of doing business and ease of living, he was reflecting a reality that most Indians have come to take for granted. Speaking at the first all-India legal district services authorities meet in Delhi, Mr Modi said that justice delivery was as critical as access to justice. The prime minister specifically referred to the need to speed up the release of under-trial prisoners languishing in Indian jails for want of legal aid. This is the second time this year Mr Modi has referred to the inhuman conditions of overcrowded Indian jails, an issue that indebted businessman Vijay Mallya could raise even in a British court. In May, he appealed to the judiciary to devise ways to release 3,500,000 under-trial prisoners.
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