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A judge in this Haryana town created a record of sorts when he settled 148 cases in a single day, close on the heels of a peer in Andhra Pradesh hogging the headlines for deciding 111 cases in one day.

This time it was Additional District and Sessions Judge A.K. Shori’s turn, who is known for speedy trials. He set the benchmark Wednesday in a development that comes in the backdrop of a huge backlog of cases and slow trials in Indian courts.

Around 137 of the cases settled by him pertained to land-related issues. The other cases were related to motor accident claims, Hindu Marriage Act, criminal revisions and civil appeals.

‘Judge Shori is known for speedy trials and quick decisions. During the last month, he had given verdicts on around 225 cases and decided 87 cases on a single day Aug 1. This approach is very necessary to solve the problem of an increasing backlog in our courts,’ said a senior official of Kaithal district bar association here Thursday.

‘Shori has surpassed the record of J.V.V. Satyanarayana Murthy, a civil judge of Guntur (in Andhra Pradesh), who had decided 111 cases on the same day a few days back. This would also motivate other judges of the country to give early decisions.’

However, Judge Shori refused to talk to media about the accomplishment.


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