SRINAGAR: The Indian ministry of law and justice has sought details of land and immoveable property cases that are pending in courts of Jammu and Kashmir as on December 31 last year.
In a communication to the registrar-general of the Srinagar high court, deputy secretary to Government of India, CK Reejonia, has also sought details of other specific cases such as crimes against women, bounced cheques, narcotic smuggling, and motor accident claims.
The details have to be furnished in a given proforma that specifies the period of a pending case as whether it is up to two years, 2 to 5 years, 5 to 10 years, or more than 10 years.
Soon after receiving the communication, the registrar-general has written to all principal district and session judges for furnishing the information about the cases in their courts as well as in courts subordinate to them. This information has to be provided to the registrar-general before or on May 22.
In January this year, the high court had revealed that there were 3,12,759 cases pending in various courts in the state at the end of September 30 last year.
In the high court alone, 1,06,982 cases were pending of which 99,353 were civil and 7,629 criminal cases. Among these, 5,944 civil cases and 171 criminal cases have been pending for more than ten years while 25,662 civil and 751 criminal cases have been pending for 5 to 10 years.
In the subordinate courts, 2,05,777 cases—84,090 civil and 1,21,687 criminal—are pending and include 1,246 civil and 894 criminal cases that are pending for more than a decade. Cases pending for between 5 and 10 years are 4,532 civil and 6,737 criminal.
The high court also revealed that there were 4,014 civil and 1,491 criminal cases in the high court that were stayed by the Supreme Court of India, and 1,844 civil and 1,159 criminal cases have been stayed in the subordinate courts.