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Over 65,000 cases pending in SC till November this year

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New Delhi: A total of 65,703 cases are pending in the Supreme Court till November this year, out of which 6,445 cases have been pending for more than five years, Law and Justice Minister Ashwani Kumar told the Rajya Sabha on December 10.

In written reply to a question, the Union Minister said, “There were a total of 65,703 cases pending in the SC as on November 30, 2012. Out of them 22,133 matters were upto one year old and not in arrears. If connected matters were excluded, the pendency was only 37,230 cases as on November 30.”

There were 6,445 cases pending for more than five years and 52,074 cases were pending for less than five years as of December 31, 2011 in Supreme Court, he added.

In effort to reduce the pendency, Kumar said a drive was undertaken from July to December 2011 for clearing long pending cases and cases related to marginalized sections of the society in high courts and subordinate courts under their jurisdiction.

On recommendations of 13th Finance Commission, the government has sanctioned Rs 5,000 crore as grants to  the states for five years between 2010-15 for undertaking various initiatives for reducing the pendency in courts.

The initiatives included increasing the number of court working hours, using existing infrastructure by holding morning/evening shift, enhancing support to Lok Adalats to reduce pressure on regular  courts, providing additional funds to State Legal Authorities .

Alternative Dispute Resolu-tion (ADR) mechanism was also promoted to resolve some of the disputes outside the court system.