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More courts needed to clear backlog of cases: CJI

india Updated: Aug 01, 2009 23:03 IST

Chief Justice of India KG Balakrishnan on Saturday said to clear the backlog of cases more courts should be set up and regretted lack of co-operation from states in this regard.

"It is impossible to clear the pending cases without setting up sufficient number of new courts in different parts of the country," he said, inaugurating year-long valedictory of the 125 anniversary celebrations of Irinjalakuda law court.

The Chief Justice said cooperation from Kerala government in this regard was also not enough.

He said several CBI cases, in which eminent personalities were implicated, were pending for the last 15 years.

While stressing the need for delivering speedy justice, he sought the co-operation of state governments for setting up new courts to avoid undue delay in disposing of pending cases.

Balakrishnan said 70 per cent of the cases filed in various courts of the country were settled in a "reasonable" period, but 30 per cent remained pending and the pendency could be removed only after setting up of new courts wherever they were essential, he said.

He said his best efforts to clear the backlog of cases since his assumption of office of CJI in January 2007, had not yielded desired results.

The Supreme Court had requested the Union Government to set up 4000 more courts in the country. A request had also been made to the appropriate authority to set up 80 more CBI special courts, he added.