Rs 2,500 cr to clear pending court cases

Rs 2,500 cr to clear pending court cases

In order to clear the backlog of over 2.76 crore cases in subordinate judiciary, the 13th Finance Commission has allocated a grant of Rs 2,500 crore for setting up morning, evening, shift and special magistrate courts for the purpose.

An amount of Rs 681.66 crore has so far been released out of the total grant, Union Minister of Law and Justice Salman Khurshid said.

The Centre has also decided to set up 71 additional special courts for the purpose of dealing with the CBI cases in different states.

The minister was replying  to Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Baishnab Parida’s question in the  Rajya Sabha, recently. Parida wanted to know if there were some proposals to set up special courts in the country to speed-up disposal of pending court cases.

Khurshid informed the House that the special magisterial courts would deal with cases pertaining to offences under Indian Penal Code or any other Act or rules, where the punishment prescribed was non-custodial, besides the cheque bouncing cases, petitions for maintenance under Section 125 of the Criminal Procedure Code.

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