As corruption cases pile up, High Court cracks the whip

In the face of growing number of corruption cases, the High Court has directed for their speedy disposal at courts, observing any deviation of its order would be treated as indiscipline.
As corruption cases pile up, High Court cracks the whip
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In the face of growing number of corruption cases, the High Court has directed for their speedy disposal at courts, observing any deviation of its order would be treated as indiscipline.

In March this year the High Court had issued a circular directing all special judges trying cases under Jammu and Kashmir Prevention of Corruption Act to dispose of the case in a time bound manner. 

The courts were also directed to submit quarterly status report of each case to the High Court Registry.

"The circular appears not to have been followed strictly (and) no such information has been made available. The Chief Justice has desired that all such information should be provided to the registry," reads a latest circular issued by Registrar General, High Court, M K Hanjura. 

"Any deviation on that count would be treated as indiscipline and shall be reflected in the ACRs of the presiding officers of each such court."

Through a separate circular, the High Court had in February this year directed that all the cases pending disposal for 10 years or more should be listed and heard on fast-track.

"The Chief Justice desires to keep himself posted about the available figures of such cases in all the courts and also as to how many such cases have been decided by each judicial official so far. The information should reach the Chief Justice's secretariat on weekly basis," reads the Circular 19.     

The directions have also been issued for submitting quarterly status report of each graft case to the High Court registry. Besides, all the courts including the subordinate courts have been asked to file status report within a week of all those cases pending for disposal.

Thousands of corruption cases are pending disposal, some of them for more than 10 years before the High Court and the subordinate courts of Jammu and Kashmir. 

The High Court has from time to time directed the courts to dispose of the cases on fast-track to reduce the pendency of cases in the courts.

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