The Delhi High Court has sought response from the Aam Aadmi Party government in a petition for appointment of 73 Additional Public Prosecutors for fast-track Special Courts (FTSCs) which deal with rape and POCSO Act trials. (Delhi Prosecutors Welfare Association vs GNCTD).A Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh issued notice in the petition preferred by Delhi Prosecutors Welfare Association. .As per the petitioner, presently, there are 53 FTSCs functioning in the national capital and two more are proposed..However, only 37 Additional Public Prosecutors (APPs) have been posted for conducting the trials, it is claimed. .It is the petitioner's case that the shortage of APPs is detrimental to the criminal justice system and the rights of victims under Article 21 of the Constitution of India. ."..speedy justice is a golden ornament which decorates Article 21 of the Constitution of India and thus the shortage of additional public prosecutors in criminal courts leading to the delay in criminal trials attacks the core of the Article 21 of the Constitution," the petition reads. .Given the large number of pending trials, it is added that the government's refusal to appoint more APPs is not supported by any reason and is purely arbitrary in nature..The petition was filed through Advocates Aditya Kapoor, Kushal Kumar, Harsh Ahuja and Akash Deep Gupta i/b Erudite Legal. .The matter would be heard next on March 24.