Pendency for 10 years old cases almost zero in 4 states and a union territory

Team SoOLEGAL 11 Sep 2017 5:44pm

Pendency for 10 years old cases almost zero in 4 states and a union territory

In a recent breakthrough four states and a union territory have successfully brought down the number of cases pending in their subordinate courts from about 10 years to nearly zero. The development is important as the number of a decade old cases lying undecided in the subordinate courts equals to 23 lakh, that is almost 9% of all cases. 

The states of Punjab, Haryana, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh are amongst the ones that have delivered justice at a fast pace while disposing of the cases awaiting closure from a decade.  

Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra, Assam and Karnataka are reported to be following closely by reducing the number of 10 year old pending cases to almost 1%. The data is however excluding the cases pending in both Supreme court as well as High courts. 

As per the recent statistics from the National Judicial Data Grid 22.76 lakh cases are pending for more than 10 years amongst the 2.54 crore pending cases in about 17,000 subordinate courts in India.

The speedy disposal of the large number of pending cases in the states of Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Delhi reassures the efficiency and responsiveness of both judges as well as the government. 

As estimated by the government records two-thirds of the total prison population in India constitutes undertrials and therefore arises the need of a proper justice delivery mechanism that is equipped with the latest technology to speed up the machinery. 

While there are states that have met the challenges posed by the pending cases by bringing improvement in their prosecution system and automating court procedures yet there are others like Odisha, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal that are struggling with pendency comprising of cases older than a decade.

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