It should be an eye-opener to the thousands of judges in the hundreds of courts in our country who deliberately or not prolong a judgement, leaving the litigants literally in the lurch. Once a litigant files a case in any court in the country, it takes years to get a verdict. Sometimes, they do not get a judgement during their lifetime at all.
But, in what can be termed a precedent-setting act, a judge in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur district disposed of a record 111 cases in a single day.
It has happened in the Mangalgiri city civil court at Guntur in Andhra Pradesh recently. Junior Civil Judge J.V.V. Satyanarayana Murthy disposed of a record 111 cases in a single day, much to the chagrin of the lawyer community. But, Murthy is unperturbed as he says he is determined to pass more judgments in bulk to provide much-needed relief to litigants.
The cases which Murthy disposed of were related to theft, street brawls, domestic quarrels and road accidents and had been pending since 2004. No one was sent to jail in any of the cases. In 78 cases where the accused confessed to the offences, the judge imposed either a simple fine or admonished the guilty.
In the three-and-a-half months since he assumed office, Murthy has disposed of nearly 500 cases, including the most recent 111 cases. The court has another 1,000 cases pending.
Delivering speedy judgements is not new to him. He had disposed of 808 civil cases in 20 days when he was posted at Pulivendula town in Kadapa district a couple of years ago. Earlier, Murthy won many hearts by delivering judgment in Telugu. At a time when all the judgments are delivered in English, this has come as another relief for Telugu-speaking people not well versed in English.
If the judges in the country emulate Murthy in speedy disposal of cases, people’s confidence in the judiciary will definitely increase, at a time when people are afraid to go to court due to the inordinate delay in getting the justice.
There are an estimated 30 million cases pending in courts across the country. It needs some Murthys to dispose of all these cases in time pending in the Indian courts that will instil confidence among the people in our legal system.