high-court-2A shocking 41 lakh cases are pending in the magistrate courts of Maharashtra till December 2008. The state is second only to Uttar Pradesh having 51 lakh pending cases when it comes to delayed justice. What prevents the state’s judicial system from delivering justice on time? A severe lack of infrastructure and basic facilities in lower courts had come under the Bombay High Court’s scanner, while hearing a public interest litigation filed in 2007. The PIL had sought the implementation of an earlier HC order which had asked the government to set up a separate sessions court at Panvel. In July, the high court appointed a committee to review conditions of lower courts in the state. According to the report, 187 proposals regarding construction of court buildings and residential quarters, which require funds of over Rs 401.16 crore, are pending approval. The state has sanctioned only Rs. 149 crore against this. Bureau report – NMTV News.


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