[Premium] All India Judicial Services (AIJS) – The Conflict between Judiciary Independence & Backlogs

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NITI Aayog in its recent ‘Strategy for New India @ 75’ document, suggested for the establishment of All India Judicial Service. However, the number of different shortcomings and concerns in its implementation necessitates a relook on the proposals.

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