Bangalore: Karnataka government appears to be least concerned about the number of cases pending for justice in the High Court for years.
Recent statistics released by the state law minister, TB Jayachandra, say that as on January 1, 2014, there are 12,935 cases in the HC that have been pending for over five years. There are also 531 cases pending for more than 10 years. There are 44 cases older than 15 years and six cases more than 20 years old.
Data also reveal that the High Court is short of judges, HC has 38 judges. This is 12 less than the sanctioned strength of 50 for the three benches; the principal bench in Bangalore and the other two in Dharwad and Gulbarga.
But the state minister claims that the delays in these cases are due to the “facts and circumstances of each case. The government has not found that litigants are denied justice because of the delay.”