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Punjab and Haryana High Court: Can’t direct expeditious hearing amid pandemic

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Saurabh Malik
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, July 21

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has made it clear that direction for expeditious disposal of a matter could not be issued to the subordionate judiciary at the cost of judicial officers, the staff and the litigants following the Covid outbreak. The Bench also made it clear that such a direction had the capacity of putting their safety at risk.

The assertion comes at a time when no less than 7,06,477 cases are pending before the subordinate courts in Punjab. Another 9,42,590 cases are awaiting decision before the lower court in Haryana and 51,491 in Chandigarh. It is suspected that many litigants in these cases are no more there to pursue their grievances. When some of these cases are suddenly listed, the counsels are often at a loss in the absence of complete records or instructions.

Even though the HC has been making concerted efforts to bring down the pendency before it and the lower courts, the number of cases has been piling up progressively. With the Covid lockdown and shortage of judges, the pendency is unlikely to come down easily.



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