‘Pending cases in lower courts matter of concern’

Amritsar: Pendency of cases in lower courts is taking its toll on the timely dispensation of justice as a judge who is supposed to hear around 500 cases in a month is having over 5,000 cases with him, a Supreme Court judge said here on Saturday.

"A judge who is supposed to hear 500 cases in a month is having above 5000 cases with him leading to the pendency," justice DK Jain.

Justice Jain talked about the pendency of cases in courts at all levels, especially at district levels, and attributed this to the lack of sufficient infrastructure and budget.

He said the Supreme Court too was worried over the backlog and they were taking steps to make sure that justice is delivered on time.

Justice Jain along with Punjab and Haryana High Court Judge, Justice Jasbir Singh, presided over the annual 105th Convocation of Khalsa College here today.

Justice Jain also expressed serious concern over the spread of drug menace in Punjab which, he said, was playing havoc with the society at large.

He said Punjab's border with Pakistan is a major reason for drug proliferation and stressed on legal, societal and administrative measures to stem the tide.

"A multi-pronged strategy is required to tackle the problem and we want more cooperation from state governments to deal with the situation," he said.