The ‘impossible burden’ of Indian judiciary: growth of litigation versus pendency

April 24, 2016 05:39 pm | Updated December 04, 2021 10:54 pm IST - NEW DELHI

An overworked Chief Justice of India Tirath Singh Thakur on Sunday traced the phenomenal growth in litigation from 1950, right from when the Supreme Court came into existence, to explain the “impossible burden” of justice delivery faced by the judiciary reeling under the impact of huge pendency, anemic number of judges and government inaction.

In an emotional public address at the Annual State Chief Justices and Chief Ministers Conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and State Chief Ministers watching on, Chief Justice Thakur translated the magnitude of the constitutional crisis in clear statistical terms and appealed to the government to protect the judiciary from crumbling under the load by speeding up judicial appointments, increasing judges' sanctioned strength and drastically improving court infrastructure.

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