PM hails judiciary for decision to hear cases during summer break

NEW DELHI
10 May 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hailed the judiciary for its decision to hear cases during the summer break, and said it would strengthen the sense of responsibility among people towards their work.

Launching an integrated case management information system in the Supreme Court which will enable digital filing of cases, he urged people to adopt technology to remain relevant in changing times. Chief Justice of India J S Khehar had asked high court judges to volunteer working for a few days during the summer break for speedy disposal of cases, a step which the Supreme Court had already decided to take.

The CJI had on April 6 written to the chief justices of the 24 high courts, requesting them to work for a few days during summer vacations to bring down the pendency of cases.
Over 61,000 cases are pending in the apex court, while the 24 high courts have 38.70 lakh pending cases, according to the latest Law Ministry data. The Prime Minister urged lawyers to become part of the pro bono scheme launched by the Law Ministry under which advocates can fight cases for the poor for free.

Modi said several gynaecologists now offer free services to poor pregnant women on 9th of every month on his request. "42,000 students from IT worked for 36 hours non-stop to give solutions to 400 issues the government had flagged," he recalled.