The Bombay High Court on Sunday said the pendency of cases in courts across Maharashtra has been brought down by 50.60 lakh cases over the past two years.
The figures released by the High Court stated that 41.35 lakh cases were pending in June 2010 and 39.74 lakh new cases were instituted since. However,attributing the reduction of backlog to the strenuous efforts and hard work of judges across the state,the High Court announced that the pendency in the state has been reduced to 30.49 lakh cases.
The figures were announced at the inaugural function of the second phase of the Special Drive for Reduction of Pendency in Courts held on the Bombay High Court premises on Sunday morning. The inaugural address was given by Union Minister for Law and Justice and Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid who assured the governments support to the judiciary in implementing the action plan of the special drive.
Those present at the programme also included Chief Justice Mohit Shah and other judges of the Bombay High Court and the subordinate judiciary,state Minister for Law and Judiciary Bhaskar Jadhav,Advocate General D J Khambata and President of the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa V B Konde-Deshmukh.
Chief Justice Mohit Shah said the judiciary would be aiming at bringing the number of cases more than five years old down to zero. He,however,sought the support of both the Centre and the state government in improving the court infrastructure and filling up vacant posts of judges.
The High Court registry also issued figures pertaining to the cases under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act,1881,referring to cheque bouncing,that are rampant in cities like Mumbai.
As many as 3.27 lakh cases were pending under the Section before the metropolitan magistrate courts in Mumbai as on July 1,2010. This number has been reduced to more than half,at 1.20 lakh,pending as on June 30 this year.
In magistrate courts across the state,the pendency of cheque-bouncing cases has been reduced from 3.77 lakh to 2.60 lakh.