VIJAYAWADA: To provide instant justice to pilgrims and citizens who are victims of chain snatching, eve-teasing and other petty crimes during Krishna Pushkarams, the Andhra Pradesh High Court has appointed one mobile court each for Vijayawada and Guntur. Shockingly, only one case was registered in Vijayawada and two cases in Guntur till Friday evening, eight days after the Pushkaram commenced and none of the top officials especially the police are aware of these mobile courts.
As per the High Court orders, both the mobile courts have commenced functioning from August 13 and are chaired by the district judges. All bathing ghats of Krishna and Guntur districts come under the jurisdiction of these special courts for 12 days of Pushkarams. The district administration has arranged for a vehicle and five staff members to assist the district judge at each mobile court.
While Third Metropolitan Magistrate (municipal mobile court) JVV Satyanarayana Murthy has been deputed to chair the mobile court in Vijayawada, first class special judicial magistrate for excise cases P Govardhan has been deputed to chair the mobile court in Guntur. Besides the police cases, pilgrims can directly approach these courts stationed at the bathing ghats and file their complaints with the judge.
However, the valuable services of the mobile courts have remained unutilised due to lack of communication with the authorities concerned. Sources said that though the judges on special duty have communicated to the officials of the police and other departments through a letter, there was no major response.
When contacted by Express, district collector Babu A said that though he was aware of the orders, he had no information about the mobile courts and their operations in Krishna district. Similarly, city police commissioner Gautam Sawang too was unaware of the orders and said that if such services were being offered, he would ask his colleagues to utilise the services without fail.
Though several criminals, particularly chain snatchers, bag lifters and pickpockets were being arrested by the police, the first case which arrived at the mobile court was that of an eve-teaser in Vijayawada. He was awarded five days imprisonment in an instant verdict by the Vijayawada Pushkaram mobile court.