One of the reasons for the huge number of pending cases in the Supreme Court is frequent adjournments sought by lawyers, Justice MR Shah said on Tuesday.
The problem of pendency of cases came up for discussion in the court during the hearing of a case relating to the ban on Manufacturers and the use of firecrackers across India.
“One of the reasons for pendency is a letter for adjournments. Every day 5 to 6 matters in criminal matters adjournments letters are given, where the personal difficulty is cited,” Justice Shah said.
The remarks were made during the discussion on when the case has to be listed for final disposal. When the matter was taken up for hearing Justice Shah asked parties when it should be listed for final hearing.
Senior Counsel Gopal Sankaranarayanan appearing for the petitioners submitted that they are ready.
“The lawyers have to decide,” the Bench said.
“We are virtually overburdened. Every day some or other counsel ask us to take their matters,” Justice Shah added.
Senior Advocate Dushyant Dave then highlighted that the backlog in Supreme Court is on the rise day by.
“There are 70,000 pending cases in this court,” he said.
Justice Shah then said that adjournment by lawyers is one of the reasons for the same.
“We don’t want to work for certificates from others. We are asking juniors to argue but they do not. We are saying give 5 percent discount if junior argues,” Justice Shah remarked.
“Then we will have to surrender our gowns,” said Dave in a lighter vein.
The Court eventually proceeded to list the case on July 22 this year.