With this, the state became first in the country to ratify the Bill which was passed by Parliament recently.

NJAC Bill, which was passed by both Houses of Parliament, was tabled in Rajasthan Legislative Assembly on 15th September and taken up for debate which lasted for six hours on Wednesday.

Replying on the debate, Parliamentary Minister R S Rathor told the House that the new Bill would bring more transparency in judicial system including judges' appointments, and filling up the vacant posts in the Supreme Court.

"This would be a milestone in the history of the judiciary," Rathore said, adding that, the entire house was unanimous on this.

Rathore said there were 31 sanctioned posts of Judges in the Supreme Court and 5 of them were lying vacant. In Rajasthan, 13 posts out of 40 are vacant, he said.

Cases in large number are pending in courts across the country. In Rajasthan High court alone 3,07,640 cases were pending, Rathore said.

"Justice delayed is justice denied. We all agree that the judiciary should be free and independent, but it will also have to be ensured that people's trust on the judiciary is not cut down," he said.

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