Despite allocation of huge funds to judiciary

A lot of cases are still pending before courts across the State despite adequate allocation of funds to the judiciary, Law Minister Durai Murugan said on Wednesday.

Addressing a function to inaugurate III additional family court, II additional NDPS court and three additional CBI courts, he said that together the Centre and the State government had allocated Rs.800 crore, the highest in the history of judiciary.

In the last four-and-a-half years the State government had allotted Rs.222 crore for developing infrastructure in 47 courts and another Rs.28 crore for construction of judicial quarters.

Mr. Durai Murugan said the allocation in the 13 {+t} {+h} Finance Commission was Rs.252 crore for construction of buildings, training to judicial officers, maintenance of heritage buildings and many other things.

Pointing out that the government had filled vacancies in lower courts, he wanted Chief Justice of the Madras High Court, M. Yusuf Eqbal, to take steps to fill the nine vacancies in the court.

Mr. Durai Murugan said that as a Law Minister, every day he was getting calls seeking favours for appointment of district judges.

The Chief Justice, who inaugurated the buildings, said that more proposals were pending before the government and stressed the need for clearing these for speedy disposal of cases.

While thanking the government for clearing a majority of the proposals, he wanted the Minister to release the funds allotted under the 13 {+t} {+h} Finance Commission.

The Chief Justice said that across the State as many as 18,000 cases were pending before family courts. In Chennai, the number is 11,000.

Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and Ibrahim Kalifulla were among those who participated in the function.