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News Snippets

  • The Army conducts an operational alert exercise in eastern Ladakh
  • The IAF reopened the Vijaynagar advance landing ground, an airstrip in Arunachal Pradesh near the Chinese border
  • Amit Shah says he never sought to impose Hindi
  • Government bans the manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes in India
  • Mamata Banerjee seeks an appointment with Home Minister Amit Shah today
  • Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee meets PM Modi in what she later described as a government-to-government meeting
  • Supreme Court sets a deadline of October 18 for completing the hearings in the Ayodhya case
  • Pakistan rejects India's request for use of its airspace when PM Modi flies to the US later this week
  • Crude prices fall sharply as Saudi Arabia assures normal production in a few weeks. Prices fall by 5.4% to $65.30 per barrel
  • Sensex tumbles 700 points over fears that rising crude prices will deal a body blow to the tottering Indian economy
  • As Rajeev Kumar fails to appear before the CBI despite several notices, the agency forms a special team to locate and apprehend him
  • S Jaishankar says Pakistan is not a normal neighbour and its behaviour is a "set of aberrations"
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar says PoK in Indian territory and the country hopes to have physical jurisdiction over it one day
  • Barasat Sessions court near Kolkata rejects Rajeev Kumar anticipatory bail application citing lack of jurisdiction as the reason
  • PM Modi celebrates his birthday with Narmada aarti and later has lunch with his mother.
Sunni Wakf Board and Nirvani Akhara write to the Supreme Court for a negotiated settlement to the Ayodhya dispute
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Backlog and Tarikh Pe Tarikh

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Once, a successful lower court lawyer handed one of his cases to his son who had recently joined the bar. A few weeks later, the young man came home with a box of sweets, reverently touched his parents’ feet and proudly told his father that he had won the case. His father was most distressed. “What have you done”, he wailed, “I paid your law school fees from the fee I used to get every month from the case and you killed the milch cow.”

Although this is just a joke, it highlights much that is wrong with the Indian judicial system. The debate currently is focusing on vacancy of judges, too many holidays in courts and unnecessary cases, but the fact remains that procedural cobwebs that allow lawyers to prolong cases by raising specious objections is also one of the major reasons why the system is groaning under the weight of millions of never ending cases. “Tarikh pe tarikh,” Sunny Deol had dramatically proclaimed in the Hindi film Damini, is what was preventing justice from being done and he was not far from the truth.

A beginning has been made to remove the cobwebs in the Commercial Courts Act that has prescribed for most procedural matters to be settled in advocates’ chambers and the case to come up for hearing in a readymade way, so to say. This is what is needed at lower level and in other matters too. It is most distressing and unfair for a petitioner to find that he has to pay his lawyers’ fee even if no hearing took place. The case drags on for no fault of his, and the lawyer keeps telling him it is good. In eviction cases, lawyers tell clients upfront that they can sit tight for 10 years as he will keep the landlord entangled in procedure and would not allow the main issue to be raised. Cutting unnecessary procedures should be the first step if justice is to be speedily delivered. Without that, even fast track courts seem outdated.