80,000 Cases Pending In Kashmir Courts: Bar

80,000 Cases Pending In Kashmir Courts: Bar

16 February 2012
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: Expressing concern over the shortage of Judges according to the sanctioned strength in the High Court and in subordinate judiciary, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association Thursday said that there was a huge backlog of cases pending disposal. “More than 80,000 cases are pending before the High Court, which await disposal for want of judges,” the HCBA said in a statement. The Association has taken up the matter with the chief justice of the High Court pressing the demand to fill up the available vacancies, particularly in the High court at Srinagar, the statement said. At present, the High Court has only six judges against the full strength of 14. “The Bar Association is astonished as to why the available vacancies at High Court are not filled up despite the fact the Supreme Court of India as well as the Law Commission of India is of the opinion that the vacancies in the High Courts should be filled up to cater the needs for dispensation of justice at the earliest,” it said. In Jammu and Kashmir, the HCBA said, a number of judges had retired during the past two years and the vacancies were yet to be filled up. “It is pertinent to mention here that the Kashmir Bar Association is not given due representation to which it merits while making elevation to the benches from lawyers quota and the Kashmiri lawyers have been ignored from consideration and Kashmiris are as such subjected to unjustified and patent discrimination,” the statement said. The Bar Association demanded that the vacancies in the High Court be filled up to cater to the needs of dispensation of justice and while making elevation to the benches, the Association be accorded due consideration and proper representation, it added. “The non-availability of the proper quorum in the High Court is resulting in pendency of cases without hearing and the delayed justice in habeas corpus matters especially amounts to denial of justice which is a serious cause of concern in all relevant circles,” the statement said.