In a bid to reduce the burden on the judiciary in the state, union law minister Salman Khurshid inaugurated the second phase of the Special Drive for Reduction of Pendency in Courts at the Bombay high court on Sunday.
The first phase of the drive, which began in 2010, led to 50.60 lakh cases in the courts across the state being disposed of in two years.
According to the registrar general, SB Shukre, the number of cases in June 2010 was 41.35 lakh. Despite the addition of 39.74 lakh cases till June 2012, the pendency came down to 30.49 lakh by the end of June 2012.
Shukre stated that the strenuous efforts of the judges and the motivation of chief justice of the high court Mohit Shah helped in bringing down the figure.
Speaking at the function, chief justice Shah said that he hoped that the central and state governments would cooperate with them by increasing the number of judges and improving the infrastructure.
Appreciating the efforts of the judicial fraternity, the chief justice urged everyone to work towards bringing down the pendency of five-year-old cases to zero percent.
The drive also brought the huge pendency of cases pertaining to cheque bouncing, covered under the section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881, in big cities in the state to the fore.
The number of cheque bouncing cases pending in Mumbai has come down from 3.27 lakh in July 2010 to 1.20 lakh. In the rest of Maharashtra, the figures have come down from 3.77 lakh in 2010 to 2.60 lakh.
The total number of cheque bouncing cases pending in the state as on July 1, 2012 was 3.80 lakh, in spite of the 4.28 lakh new cases filed in the past two years.
Khurshid has assured help to the judiciary in implementing the special drive. State law minister Bhaskar Jadhav, too, expressed his support to the mission.