The Supreme Court has started expediting the hearing of cases pending for years. In this episode, the Supreme Court will hear 300 old cases from October 11. The Supreme Court took this decision on Wednesday. One of these cases was filed in 1979 and the court had agreed to hear the matter, but due to various reasons, it could not be listed. The Supreme Court in its circular said, 300 oldest cases whose list is attached… likely to be listed before courts on non-miscellaneous days from Tuesday, October 11, 2022.
Of these 300 cases, the oldest is a civil appeal filed by the Union of India in 1979 against Nav Bharat Ferroy Alloys Limited and others. Ever since Justice U U Lalit took over as the Chief Justice, the focus has been on disposal of old cases pending for years.
Hearing of old pending cases intensified
The Supreme Court on Tuesday constituted another five-judge constitution bench to hear five important matters, including petitions challenging the demonetisation decision. At present, a five-member three Constitution Bench is hearing various cases pending for years, headed by Chief Justice Lalit, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul.
How many cases are pending in the Supreme Court?
The Fourth Constitution Bench was headed by Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice B. R. Gavai, Justice A. s. Bopanna, Justice V. Ramasubramaniam and Justice B.V Nagarathna, who have started hearing five cases. As per the data uploaded on the Supreme Court website, there were 70,310 pending cases as of September 1, 2022. These included 51,839 miscellaneous matters and 18,471 matters relating to regular hearing.
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