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PC’s preference for professionals Building loyalty through the stomach Silver Years of Madras Musings Where is Rajaji? The star of Spencers is no more Whistle-Stop Tour of Raghuram Rajan IPL - no surprise this scam Towards speedy justice Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Dr C Rangarajan returns to Chennai Return to king coal for urea... TGS- The king storyteller Kinetic Karnataka TN – agglomerate land holdings without alienating ownership Robber barons everywhere Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna B H Kothari - a tribute When the President was rendered homeless… Readers' Mail The rise and rise of KCP A friendly business group Delhi Chalo... Make standards certification mandatory... The power-full Hindujas Auto components surge… There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu The brown list of Venkitaramanan IPL type auction for VCs? 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The industry which thrived on the protection of a closed economy and the advantage of a vast domestic market, has failed to organise its evolution on healthy lines Of course, Gujarat is vibrant TN accounts for the largest recruits by the IT sector Diamond jubilee of Egmore Samskrt School Roaring Ro-Ro facility Delhi is distant Quality education through the PPP mode The ‘Jayanthi Tax.’ China invests in India Engineering seats go abegging EEC at the National Media Centre Cleaning Ganga – relocate tanneries and install electric crematoria TN-leverage strength of BHEL, NLC... Inflation: are we emulating Argentina and Brazil? Cement prices continue to rise… An inexplicable neglect Mersal magnified Delhi is distant… Banning booze... ONGC at KG Basin Tribute Russi Mody – a tribute Recognition to role of NBFCs.... Streamlining mandatory third party cover Road development slows down S V Raju – a ‘good’ true liberal Land reclamation from sea appears cheaper! PPP mode for upgrading Corporation Hospitals Odisha: spectacular win by Naveen Patnaik Welcome GST Fuel for thought A yen for wastage… Wise Presidents Tihar, Puzhal not different from Parappana Agrahara Remembering Indira Sivasailam... Tax agriculture The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more The Jan Dhan bonanza All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya WTO Meet: resolved to meet again CIPET hqrs to stay at Guindy – for the present? Permanent secretariat for TN GIM Not just in-laws (and outlaws); they’ve renowned academics at the helm! Revving up the manufacturing sector When online building permits work…. Sweeter prospects for sugar A Grand Finale for SN’s MS centenary at the US… More tributes to GR Poor representation for Kerala and TN in Cabinet Another Indian music maestro at the UN Computation of GDP – conundrums continue …and of a popular trade leader Plummeting profits of PSBs TELANGANA at last…BUT Medical costs hit the roof... Welcome thrust on trade in Modi’s foreign visits... CII projects higher growth… A proud Madrasi Pharma – overdose of copying Rs.1600 crore paper board plant of TNPL Bihar elections - the Rajaji formula worked EVM is tamper-proof Demise of a media baron... The Gulf aviation boom Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Maximising the micro pricing … Adapt Vajpayee dinner diplomacy Convulsions in The Hindu A professional at the helm of IRDA... Gas is the way forward GM Technology at last! Music happens He saved millions from starvation... Sri Lanka votes for change Paytm karo... The nuclear option Shanti and Sadhana through Music CRS, a jewel among managers, is no more. New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Welcome focus on core competence The rise and fall of Annamalai University Nuclear power at the nucleus Focus on quality of power - its only around 170-180V He continues the focus on social amelioration West Bengal: mindless malignancy A welcome initiative by the judiciary Tatas moving out of urea production... 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A welcome initiative by the judiciary

Chief Justice, Supreme Court, P Sathasivam deserves credit for the massive attempt to address the issue of the humongous backlog of pending cases. The mega Lok Adalat organized on 23 November saw 300 benches at the Supreme Court, high courts, district and taluk courts across the country handling cases. A record settlement of over 30 lakh cases was made on a single day with Tamil Nadu accounting for a staggering 13.7 lakh cases.

IE has been expressing concern over the massive piling up of cases that exceed 31 million pending before the courts. Lower courts account for over four-fifths of these and high courts around  eighth. A matter of concern is the piling up of cases before the high courts and the Supreme Court due to the ease of appeals. Adjournments are sought and given at the drop of a hat. The system and the manner of recording evidence and arguments is primitive. The listing of cases and management of these to specific time schedules are devoid of system. Even writ appeals suffer inordinate delays with adjournments common. While in the US, arguments on such cases are limited to 30 minutes each to the two sides, paving the way for quick disposals, in our courts, there is no such time limit.

Unlike in the US, the average tenure of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India is hardly a year. In the case of the current Chief Justice it is just around five months. In such a tenure what far-reaching changes can be made? The principal beneficiaries of the current system are the lawyers who seem to have a special interest in prolonging litigation.

 

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