More than 1,800 cases were disposed of by the Supreme Court in the first four working days since Chief Justice of India (CJI) Uday Umesh Lalit took the helm a week ago with a promise to usher in an institutional mechanism so that the top court is able to hear and the decide maximum possible number of cases each day.
Speaking at felicitation function organised by the Bar Council of India, the CJI detailed the performance of the Supreme Court in the first week after a new system of listing and hearing was put in place on Monday under his administrative direction.
“I want to share with you something that happened in the last four days. We have been listing matters which are far in excess in number as compared to the time before I took over. My secretary general has put the figures before me. The total number of miscellaneous matters that the court disposed of in the last four days was 1,293,” justice Lalit told the gathering of lawyers.
During his address, justice Lalit emphasised that the top court could also decide 106 regular hearing matters within two days. Regular hearing matters are three-judge bench cases that either require extensive arguments or have remained in cold storage for decades without getting listed.
Regular hearing matters are now listed between Tuesday and Thursday before three-judge benches. Fifty-eight such cases were decided on Tuesday while 48 regular hearing matters were disposed of on Thursday.
“You can well imagine that the courts are now giving more and more emphasis to disposal of regular matters,” said Justice Lalit, adding the court also disposed of 440 transfer petitions since Monday. “This is what the number looks like…this is what we are constantly working towards and this is what we are striving to achieve,” he added. A large chunk of transfer petitions was decided on Tuesday and Thursday.
Justice Lalit said that the Supreme Court will try and dispose of as many cases as possible and he will strive his best in his short tenure of 74 days as the CJI to live up to people’s expectations.