3.32 lakh cases still pending in Pune district, taluka courts
Pune Bar Association blamed lack of infrastructure and shortage of judges behind pile-up of cases.pune Updated: Jan 15, 2018 15:06 IST
The recent statistics released by the central government’s National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) e-Court scheme show that a whopping 3.32 lakh cases are pending in Pune district and taluka courts, out of which, 1,04,772 are civil and 2,28,204 are criminal cases respectively towards the beginning of 2018.
Meanwhile, the Pune Bar Association blamed the lack of adequate infrastructure and shortage of judges behind the rising pendency of cases.
The NJDG is a part of the ongoing e-Courts Integrated Mission Mode Project and is working as a monitoring tool to identify, manage and reduce pendency of cases. The information released, further stated that the Pune district court and taluka courts had an aggregate pendency of 3,32,976 cases towards the beginning of 2018.
Currently, 2,62,41,106 cases are pending in various courts across the country. Out of them, 80,40,479 are civil cases while 1,80,2,627 are criminal cases. In Maharashtra state, 33, 41,119 cases are pending in different courts and out of them 11,25,919 are civil and 22,15,200 are criminal cases.
Pune Bar Association president Rajendra Daundkar informed Hindustan Times that there was a shortage of 250 stenographers in Pune District which was putting a heavy strain on the functioning of the judiciary and leading to rise in pendency of cases.
“Lack of infrastructure and shortage of judges are also some of the main reasons behind the rising pendency. The state government is giving step-motherly treatment to the judiciary,” he added.
Meanwhile, senior advocate Netraprakash Bhog said, “I have been practising in the court since 1963, and over the years, going to court has become an easy task. Today, it is easy to file and fight cases and hence, a large number of people are rushing to file cases which has increased the pendency. The court infrastructure is old and there is a need to fill the vacancies at the earliest. Holding Lok Adalats can reduce the pendency by half.
Retired Supreme Judge PB Sawant said, “The number of courts have not increased in proportion to the rise in population. Besides, the socio-economic situation of the people has deteriorated and gone from bad to worse leading to rise in overall crime graph. Superficial solutions are being suggested but nobody is talking about the changing or reforming system.”