Bhubaneswar, Sept 6 (LocalWire): With the abolition of the administrative tribunal, the Orissa High Court with a backlog of cases, will face an additional burden of 74,000 cases for adjudication.
What aggravates the speedy trial further is that more than 50% posts of judges are lying vacant in the High Court.
Currently, around 1,49,248 cases are pending for trial and 63,000 cases date back to five years or more.
The Abolition of Odisha Administrative Tribunal by the government and transfer of these cases for adjudication has apparently made things burdensome for the sitting judges for speedy disposal of cases.
The state government employees will have to move the HC for filing fresh litigations.
Currently, the high court has a single service bench to deal with the cases of state government employees.
Currently there are 13 judges, including the chief justice, against the sanctioned posts of 27 judges.
With the available judges’ strength, it may take years for disposal of pending cases, said senior lawyers of the High Court.
The breakup of pending cases is 62,193 writ applications, 9,367 appealate cases, 8686 criminal revision cases, 5770 anticipatory bail applications, 2786 bail applications, 6018 motor accident cases.
The only silver lining is, however, that the pending cases have come down marginally in the past three months.
While 1.53 lakh cases were pending in June, the figure has come down to little less than 1.50 lakh. The pending cases were calculated at over 1.70 lakh last year.
The cases are pending due to the vacancies in sanctioned posts of judges.
‘There is an urgent need to increase the sanctioned strength of 27 to 35 judges of Orissa High Court and to fill up these vacancies by appointing competent, efficient and independent judges.
The institutional also needs the infrastructure to be strengthened by appointing more employees and make space for them to function effectively,’ Bibhu Parasad Tripathy, senior lawyer of Orissa High Court and general secretary of All Odisha lawyers’ Association said.