Nearly 3 cr cases pend­ing in courts

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Al­most 3 crore cases were pend­ing in var­i­ous higher and lower courts in In­dia at the end of 2017 even while Min­is­ter of State for Law P P Chaud­hary claims "the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment is fully com­mit­ted to speedy dis­posal of cases in ac­cor­dance with Ar­ti­cle 21 of the Con­sti­tu­tion."

He gave out sta­tis­tics of this jus­tice de­layed and hence jus­tice de­nied, based on the web por­tal of the Na­tional Ju­di­cial Data Grid, show­ing that not less than 2.5% pop­u­la­tion of the coun­try is a vic­tim of the in­or­di­nate de­lay in dis­pens­ing jus­tice.

The grid de­vel­oped as eCourts drive in mis­sion mode pro­vides up­dated in­for­ma­tion of civil and crim­i­nal cases as also pend­ing cases in the com­put­erised dis­trict and sub­or­di­nate courts in the coun­try. One rea­son for the pile-up of pend­ing cases is that al­most 40% posts of the judges are ly­ing va­cant in High Courts while va­can­cies not filled up in the dis­trict and sub­or­di­nate courts are 26.38%.

Even the SC is no ex­cep­tion where only 25 judges are func­tion­ing as against the sanc­tioned strength of 31. Nine posts of CJs of the HC are also ly­ing va­cant.

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