A few days from now, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government will complete two years of a promise that it gave with great fanfare in 2009 — erasing pending cases in all courts of the country by Dec 31, 2012. But as official records show, the graph of cases awaiting adjudication is actually going up.
According to figures released by the Supreme Court, on Jan 1, 2009, the number of cases pending before various courts, from the apex court to subordinate ones across the country, was 30,333,263.
The number of pending cases in various high courts and subordinate courts on Sep 30, 2010, was 32,170,973. In the apex court alone, the number of cases pending as of June 30, 2011, was 57,179.