Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court Justice R Subhash Reddy on Sunday requested the state government and judges to dispose of land acquisition cases because of heavy financial implications for the state. Inaugurating the newly established district and sessions court in Morbi, Justice Reddy said average pendency of cases in each district of Gujarat was around one lakh. Majority of these cases were petty cases, those of compensation for motor vehicle accidents, and land acquisition cases.
He sought help from MoS for Law and Justice Paradeepsinh Jadeja, who was present on the occasion, to reduce the pendency of land acquisition cases.
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“In land acquisition cases, the interest needed to be paid out with compensation is sometimes 15 per cent… So, litigants will get 15 per cent interest which no bank is giving. Maximum is 10 per cent interest on deposits. If the matter remains pending for 10 years, 115 per cent interest will have to be paid by the government from the exchequer. So, I request the honourable minister also to concentrate on these areas, give suitable instructions to land acquisition officers and collectors of the state for ensuring expeditious disposal of such cases,” the CJ said, while addressing judges and members of Morbi and Rajkot bar associations after inaugurating the Morbi district and sessions court.
With this, Morbi became the 29th judicial district of the state.