Over 12 per cent of the over 2.18 crore cases pending across various subordinate courts have been filed by women and senior citizens, a Supreme Court committee has said.
Amid talks about the need to fast track cases related to women and senior citizens, the Supreme Court eCommittee has said that 6,96,704 cases have been filed by senior citizens in various courts.
Similarly, 20,94,086 cases were filed by women in various courts. Together, they constitute 27,90,790 cases out of the 2,18,54,970 cases pending in various courts.
Percentage wise, the cases filed by senior citizens and women constitute 12.77 per cent of the total pending cases.
According to the data, as on April 30, Uttar Pradesh leads with 51,13,978 pending cases. Maharashtra follows with 29,16,559 cases, while Rajasthan and West Bengal have over 13 lakh cases pending in their courts.
Maharashtra tops the list where 2,55,122 cases have been filed by women, followed by Bihar with 2,16,599 cases.
In Uttar Pradesh, the figure stands at 4,40,927 followed by West Bengal (1,74,327), Karnataka (1,46,959) and Tamil Nadu (1,35,033).
In a written reply, Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda had informed Lok Sabha last December that the subordinate courts settled 1,9019,658 cases in 2014.
He had said the 24 high courts disposed of 17,34,542 cases in 2014. The pendency in the high courts was estimated at 41.53 lakh at the end of December 2014.
The Supreme Court disposed of 44,090 cases last year till December 1, while the pendency there has been estimated at 58,906 till the beginning of December 2015.
The eCommittee of the Supreme Court was set up in 2004 to assist the Chief Justice of India in formulating a national policy on computerisation of Indian judiciary and advise on technological, communication and management-related changes.
The data has been published in the eCommittee’s April newsletter