HC seeks details of pending cases from magistrate's court

Mumbai: Bombay High Court on Thursday sought details of pending cases from metropolitan magistrate's court following a PIL filed by a man whose case trial for a petty offence has been dragging on for last two years.

The case filed by a traffic police against the petitioner Anil Gidwani is as simple as (allegedly) parking his car in no-parking zone. But the metropolitan magistrate's court is yet to decide on it.

Responding to his PIL, the Bombay High Court today asked the court registrar to obtain details of pending cases from 37th magistrate's court in the Esplanade court complex in south Mumbai.

A report, indicating year-wise pendency, and nature of cases shall be filed in three weeks, division bench of Justices F I Rebello and J H Bhatia directed.

Gidwani's car was towed away in April 2007 from the pavement near Cooperage ground. He, however, alleges that he hadn't parked in no-parking area.

Since he refused to pay fine maintaining that he wasn't guilty, a case was filed first in the 'morning court' where petty offences are tried.

The trial began, but the traffic constable concerned didn't appear in the court for eight months. When Gidwani said that he had lost faith in the court, the case was transferred to the Esplanade court, where it is still pending.

Taking serious note of this, the High Court ordered the magistrate's court to dispose of Gidwani's case in 30 days, and sought report on pending cases.