Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said on Saturday that the rate at which the number of pending cases was increasing in various courts across the country was of concern.
He also said that the increase in pending cases does not mean that cases are not being heard or settled, but rather because the number of new cases is double the number of cases settled daily.
He was addressing the inaugural function of the new premises of the Raipur Bench Office of the Income Tax Appeal Tribunal (ITAT) in the Central Secretariat building, Nava Raipur Atal Nagar.
“When I took office as Minister of Justice, there were around 4.50 crore of cases pending (in various courts). This number has reached over 4.50 crore and will touch 5 crore. (However ) it does not mean that the cases are not settled, but the number of new cases is twice the cases in process. For example, if a High Court settles 300 cases in one day, 600 new cases will be heard” .
“There is a need to get this right. The rate of case settlements has increased and the effective use of technology is contributing to the speedy settlement of cases… But the rate at which the number of pending cases is increasing is worrying. so disputes are increasing. If there is no cases, there would be no cases. In a way, this is a positive thing, but there should be a solution to the evolution positive,” he said.
Rijiju also praised the ITA and said it had reduced the number of pending cases during the coronavirus-enforced shutdowns.
Emphasizing that justice must be done in a timely manner, otherwise delayed justice has no value, the Union Minister said, “During my interaction with Supreme Court and High Court Justices, I I said that we (his ministry) are ready to give all our support but we must ensure that justice is done to people in a timely manner. There should be no distance between justice and ordinary people”.
He said details of ongoing cases will be posted online.
“(details will include) the court in which the case is being heard and for how long, the reason for the wait, the name of the judiciary involved and the lawyers. This will put pressure on the judges and the lawyers”, said the Minister of Justice. .
Rijiju also informed that a big proposal on e-courts is in sight.
He also emphasized the use of local languages at court.
“I worry. I have seen since my childhood that in our country some people who know English think they are tall, smart and knowledgeable.
“It is good to learn English as well as other languages. There is no loss in doing so. It has been seen in Delhi that lawyers who know English well get big cases in court. Supreme Court and High Court but those who don’t know (good English) don’t get business It’s not good You don’t give them business because they don’t know English. This mentality is very bad. In the courts, there should be a translation. He said.
Union Minister of State for Law and Justice SP Baghel, MP for Raipur Lok Sabha Sunil Kumar Soni and ITAT Chairman GS Pannu attended the occasion.
Later, speaking to reporters, Rijiju called on the Chhattisgarh government to take advantage of the funds allocated to the state for the development of subordinate court infrastructure and help people get speedy justice.
Speaking on inflation, he targeted Chhattisgarh’s ruling Congress and said the Center had twice cut excise duty on petrol and diesel and the state government should take measures to control the rise in prices and reduce the tax (VAT) on these fuels.
Asked about the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir, he declined to comment, saying it is a serious issue and will need to be explained in detail.
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