‘It is for the first time that judicial employees have taken up a stir for such a long period’
Over 18 lakh judicial cases are pending in all levels of courts in the 13 Seemandhra districts since August 18, when the practising advocates and judicial employees began their protest and agitation against the proposed division of Andhra Pradesh.
Giving details to The Hindu, the AP Judicial Employees Association president A. Rama Koteswara Rao said that in the Seemandhra region there were about 700 courts with over 8,700 judicial employees and a little over 35,000 practising advocates.
On a daily basis about 56,000 cases covering all types such as civil, criminal, matrimonial disputes and company disputes come for hearing, judgement, adjournment or argument.
Since August 18, both the employees and the advocates were on strike and all cases have been kept pending, which comes to about 18 lakh, he said. On serious criminal cases that have come up within this period, all of them have been sent to remand on judicial custody.
“That is why many of the jails are full, as there were no pleaders available to plead for bail and the only option available was personal bail application. Wherein, the accused has to plead for bail in person,” he added.
Talking of the judicial employees taking up the stir, he said that it was for the first time that judicial employees had taken up an agitation for such a prolonged period. “We believe in unified Andhra and shall not budge for any petty compromise such as making Hyderabad common capital or Union Territory. The stir is for a noble cause and we (including the APNGOs) had to take up as the political leaders failed to do. It will not have been necessary for us to get into the field if the political leaders are forthright and proactive in taking it up.”
Towing the APNGOs’ line the judicial employees were also of the similar opinion that Union Territory status for Hyderabad was no solution, as 49 per cent of the income generated under the Union Territory will go to the Centre. And it will also not be possible for the Congress Government to declare UT status - as for that - the party needs at least two-thirds majority in Parliament to get the bill passed, which it does not have, he observed.