In a first,the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the District Courts,Chandigarh,Sector 17,to apprise it (High Court) of the disposal and pendency of cases on a monthly basis. The directions have been passed to keep a check on the disposal of cases and to ensure that ailing cases are decided speedily.
This is the first time that the High Court has directed the lower Court to submit monthly status reports. Each Court has been directed to prepare a status report and send it by the seventh of every month.
Also,in another significant direction,the special CBI Courts of Chandigarh,Panchkula and Patiala have been directed to decide more than five-year-old Session cases. Session cases are those cases which are tried by the Court of a Sessions Judge and in which minimum imprisonment is more than seven years. Such cases include attempt to murder,rape and murder cases.
Also,the special CBI Courts have been directed to decide cases registered under the Prevention of Corruption Act in which charge sheets have already been submitted in the Court up to December 31,2008. Moreover,all criminal appeals pending since 2009 have been ordered to be disposed of.
The deadline given to the special CBI Court is March 31,2012. The CBI Courts have been directed to dispose of all such cases except those in which the proceedings have been stayed by a higher Court.
The special CBI Court in Patiala has been directed dispose of more than five-year-old criminal cases and criminal miscellaneous appeals up to 2010 by March 31,2012,except those cases where stay has been granted by an appellate court. This decision was taken on the administrative side by the High Court.
The endeavour is to decide certain cases,especially corruption cases,on a priority basis. All those cases in which chargesheets have already been filed and are pending for several years have to be decided so that the general public does not lose faith in the justice delivery system, said a senior High Court official.