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Courts don’t delay, says CJI; asks Govt to cut litigations

Courts don’t delay, says CJI; asks Govt to cut litigations

NEW DELHI: CJI J S Khehar today said judiciary should not be blamed for pendency of cases and suggested that the Government instead cut down on the number of litigations filed by it, remarks seen as a rap on the knuckles of the ruling establishment.

Speaking at a book release function at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Chief Justice of India said sometimes it is very difficult for a Government department to take a call on whether to file a case or not.

“And since the stakes are high and nobody wants to take the responsibility, so decision is ordinarily taken to file it (the case). I wouldn’t at all blame the government for filing these cases. I am sure I cannot blame the Government,” he said in presence of President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Repeatedly insisting that his comments should not be misinterpreted, Justice Khehar said the national litigation policy was formulated by the Government and “we expected that some kind of control would come around on the litigations that come from the Government, which is the largest stakeholder with the judiciary”.

The CJI favoured an independent mechanism for having a second look at cases which merit to be filed. (AGENCIES)

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