Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan on Saturday warned that long periods of delay in disposing of cases would lead people to "revolt" and the legal system to crumble, as he made a strong pitch for doubling the number of subordinate courts to 35,000.
"We cannot have a backlog for long periods of time... people will revolt... the system will crumble," Balakrishnan said at a conference on "Alternative Dispute Resolution-Conciliation and Mediation" in Bangalore.
He expressed the view that though people have confidence in the judiciary as they "feel they will get justice today or tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, how long they can wait?" "We cannot have this much of delay at any cost. It should be reduced," Justice Balakrishnan said.
The CJI blamed fewer number of courts and a significant number of vacancies of Judges as the reasons responsible for the large number of pending cases.
The number of courts in the country is not adequate at all, he argued. While there are posts of 16,000 judges in subordinate courts, the vacancies number 2,000.
He said the number of subordinate courts should be increased from the present 16,000 to at least 35,000. "Under any circumstances, Indian judiciary cannot work forward unless we have 35,000 subordinate courts in India".