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2.34 lakh circumstances pending at Calcutta HC, 41 per cent judges’ posts vacant

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Functioning with solely 39 judges out of a sanctioned energy of 72 judges, the Calcutta High Court is saddled with greater than two lakh pending circumstances.

The Union Law and Justice Ministry on Saturday introduced the appointment of three extra extra judges to the Calcutta High Court, which is able to take the quantity to 42.

Legal luminaries say that the variety of judges must be elevated additional as quickly as attainable to take care of the backlog in addition to newly filed petitions.

A complete of two,34,539 circumstances are pending earlier than the excessive courtroom regardless of efforts by the judiciary to cut back the backlog.

The Calcutta High Court, which has a sanctioned energy of 72 judges, is functioning with solely 39 judges, in response to knowledge offered on its web site.

After the three newly-appointed judges take oath, the quantity will enhance to 42, however will nonetheless stay wanting the sanctioned energy by 30 or 41.66 per cent.

Former Supreme Court choose Justice (retd) Ashok Ganguly stated that the variety of judges must be elevated instantly to no less than the complete energy of the excessive courtroom, and the sub-divisional and district courts, that are additionally going through comparable points.

Of the two,34,539 circumstances pending as on February 28 in response to the info, civil circumstances kind the lion’s share at 1,97,184, whereas the variety of felony circumstances awaiting disposal stand at 37,355 on that date.

While the seat of the excessive courtroom is in Kolkata, it has everlasting circuit benches at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and at Jalpaiguri in north Bengal.

“Even with full strength, the number of judges is inadequate and so with over 40 per cent less it is far more difficult to reduce the backlog,” Ganguly stated.

He stated that the variety of new circumstances earlier than the courtroom is rising as individuals have nowhere else to go for getting justice.

“Number of cases is increasing while judges’ strength is going down; governments need to expedite appointments of new judges,” he stated.

Holding that each the central and state governments have to put in additional effort to alleviate the scenario, Ganguly stated there are enormous vacancies within the decrease judiciary additionally, which have to be stuffed up.

A complete of 26,64,284 circumstances are pending in several courts in West Bengal until May 14, as per the National Judicial Data Grid.

Of these, 20,47,901 are felony, whereas 6,16,383 are civil circumstances, in response to the info. Ganguly stated that litigants are going through immense hardship owing to the scenario main from lack of an ample variety of judges and large pendency of circumstances.

He stated that legal professionals additionally have to put in additional effort to make sure that litigants get justice in time.

Calcutta High Court Bar Association president Arunabha Ghosh stated that owing to the insufficient energy of the bench, a scenario has additionally arisen the place judges usually are not at all times getting jurisdiction as per their specialisation.

Jurisdiction of a choose is the discretion of the Chief Justice which denotes the themes on which a choose will hear petitions.

“Many recommendations of the high court collegium which have also been passed by the Supreme Court collegium are pending before the Union Law and Justice ministry,” he stated, sustaining these require to be acted upon quicker.

Claiming that greater than 200 posts of judges in excessive courts throughout the nation are vacant, Ghosh referred to as for instant filling up of those posts for fast disposal of circumstances.

Holding that the variety of service judges must be elevated within the decrease judiciary, he additionally referred to as for extra concerted efforts by all of the stakeholders to fast-track the justice supply system.

A joint convention of chief ministers and chief justices of excessive courts was held on April 30 in New Delhi to debate creation of frameworks for easy and handy supply of justice.