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Supreme Court has over 10,000 pending cases awaiting disposal over the last decade

The Supreme Court has over 71 thousand cases pending, from which over 10,000 are awaiting disposal for the last decade, according to the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

There are about 71,411 cases as of August 2 which are pending before the Supreme Court, including over 56,000 civil matters and over 15,000 criminal matters, according to a written reply given by Law Minister Kiren Rijiju.

He stated that of the total 71,411 pending cases, 10,491 have been pending for over ten years, and over 42,000 cases are pending for less than five years, while 18,134 cases were pending from between five and ten years.

Disposal of the pending cases in courts falls under the domain of the judiciary. Even though filing and disposal of various cases at different levels of the court is a long and continuous process, no specific time frame has been decided for the disposal of the cases by the respective courts, according to the minister.

In response to another question, Rijiju also said that while almost 40,28,591 cases were pending in various high courts as of 2016, the number has gone up significantly to 59,55,907 as of the current year. The rise seen is about 50 percent.

Subordinate and district courts have also seen a 50 percent hike in cases from 2016 till July 29th of this year.

In 2016, 2.82 crore cases were pending and the figure increased to over 4.24 crore this year.

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