This has reference to the news item “HC all set to chalk out strategy to bring down pendency” DE Feb 12. The litigants of our State are fortunate enough to have N Paul Vasantha Kumar as the Chief Justice who has of late understood the working of various courts of this State. It is worth keeping on record that during the month of December – 2015, the Chief Justice had also issued necessary instructions to all the Sub-ordinate Courts about the disposal of pending cases thereby making them accountable. Therefore, we must all welcome and appreciate the gesture of the Hon’ble Chief Justice that he is now holding a conference for evolving a strategy to have expeditious disposal of cases which have been pending since last 5 to 15 years. As per the present status and procedures adopted by the High Courts the cases have not been listed for years together inspite of special memos submitted by the learned counsels and even if they are listed these are not being discussed at all due to the paucity of time. Thus need of the hour is to make the status of each pending case digital by putting the same. online so that the litigants are not being exploited and the monopoly of Babus is done away with completely. Why can’t we evolve a procedure that every pending case is listed systematically and disposed of with the passage of time instead of unlimited adjournments? Moreover the Chief Justice is requested to keep a provision for settling pending cases of Sr. Citizens on priority so that they come to know about the outcome of their cases during their life time only. The number of pending cases in the various courts as shown under the above news item is alarming and the measures taken by the instructions passed by the Chief Justice for expeditious disposal of 5-15 years old case are quiet encouraging and appreciable. At the same time the outcome of the instructions passed by the Chief Justice while stream lining the working of courts during December-2015 should have been made public so that the common poor litigant feels more safe and secure as “Justice delayed is justice denied” is an old saying.
Er. Lokesh Ganju
Trikuta Nagar, Jammu