Over 42,000 cases pending in J&K High Court

Over 42,000 cases remain pending in the Jammu bench of the state High Court while Chief Justice Aftab Hussain Saikia has decided 399 cases in the last nine months, according to an RTI query.

Last Updated: Jan 20, 2011, 21:17 PM IST

Jammu: Over 42,000 cases remain pending
in the Jammu bench of the state High Court while Chief Justice
Aftab Hussain Saikia has decided 399 cases in the last nine
months, according to an RTI query.
"A total of 399 cases have been decided by the present
Chief Justice of J&K High Court (Justice Saikia) ever since
his joining the assignment (April 13, 2010)," the Registrar
(Judicial) High Court, Jammu, said in response to an RTI
application filed by Prof S K Bhalla here.

In a seven-page enclosure, it said out of the 399
cases, Justice Saikia has decided 151 civil miscellaneous
petitions, 34 caveats, 22 interim applications and 11 criminal
revisions among others.

The other cases decided by the Chief Justice, included
44 letters patent appeals service writs, 37 letters patent
appeals, three arbitration matters and others, it said.
Of the 399 cases, 41 judgements have been approved for
reporting and out of 34 Division Bench Judgements, 23 have
been authored by Chief Justice Saikia and rest by other judges
sitting with him, the report said.

Regarding the backlog of cases, Registrar Judicial
said that there is pendency of 42,346 cases -- 40,676 (civil)
and 1,670 (criminal) -- in the Jammu bench of the state High
Court as on 31.12.2010.

PTI