CJI suggests ways to resolve backlog of pending cases to PM Modi

Justice Ranjan Gogoi

New Delhi, June 22: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has written three letters to PM Narendra Modi suggesting him measures to resolve the issue of a huge backlog of more than 43 lakh cases by increasing the strength of SC judges from the present number of 31 and extending the retirement age of the HC judges from 62 to 65 years.

The CJI has also asked the PM for bringing in the old tradition of tenure appointments of retired HC and SC judges, under Articles 128 and 224A of the Constitution respectively, in order to assign cases to them which have been pending for years.

As per the English daily, the CJI said in his letter that there are around 58,669 cases are still pending in the Supreme Court, out f which 26 cases pending for 25 years, 100 cases for 20 years, 593 cases for 15 years and 4,977 cases for 10 years.

“I request you to kindly consider, on top priority, to augment the judge-strength in the SC appropriately so that it can function more efficiently and effectively as it will go a long way to attain ultimate goal of rendering timely justice to the litigant public,” the CJI was quoted as saying by the daily in one of his letters.

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