A lawyer from Bihar approached the Supreme Court raising complaints about the Patna High Court’s low disposal rate and urged the apex court to issue directions for the appointment of 5 ad-hoc judges exclusively under Adjournments are devoted to adjudication of bail applications.
The petition was filed by advocate Pramod Kumar Pandey, who practiced in the Patna High Court through his advocate Roshan Santhalia.
The lawyer said in his plea that he has prioritized the public interest plea to enforce fundamental rights, particularly Article 21, which includes the right to speedy trial and fair trial of persons accused of various offences. Is.
The petition is also directed against the Patna High Court’s extremely low case disposal rate, especially on virtual hearings since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, the petitioner said.
“High Court Incompetence and Slowness Reach New Height in 2021.”
According to the data provided by NJDG, Patna High Court’s case clearance rate decreased to 41.98% in 2021 compared to 87.98% in 2020, making it the least efficient high court in 2021, next to Rajasthan High Court. became The application stated that the case clearance percentage for the year 2021 is 59.37%.
“In the category of criminal cases, regarding the disposal rate of bail applications during the ongoing pandemic. Thousands of applicants are standing in queues seeking an opportunity to be heard. The honorable judges of the Patna High Court have hardly booked anyone. What have you heard?
“The cause list dated 19.07.2021 reflects that the bail applications being listed for hearing are the same as those filed in the year 2020, and even hearing is being done at a very low rate”.
“It is needless to say that the group of petitioners who have filed these petitions/applications include under-trial prisoners who have been in jails for long periods with no hope of trial as the courts have practically There are other prisoners who are concerned, however, the petition said that the opportunity to present their case for bail has become a distant dream.
The petition also mentions the functioning of the Patna High Court at half its capacity.
The Supreme Court will hear the matter on Monday, October 10.
The petition requested that the Registrar, High Court of Judicature, Patna, be directed to expedite the hearing process and submit the monthly disposal rate of bail applications before the Supreme Court. And direct the Chief Justice of the High Court of Judicature at Patna to take appropriate steps by which the remedy of bail may be made available to all those who have been allotted token numbers and are waiting in the queue for their hearing.
It is also requested to direct the Registrar/Chief Justice of the Judiciary at Patna to appoint 5 Ad Hoc Judges exclusively dedicated to adjudicate the pending bail applications under Article 224A of the Constitution in pursuance of Lok Prahari. Start the procedure immediately. v. Union of India and other Supreme Court decisions.
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