New Delhi: Parliament has approved a bill on salaries and conditions of service for high court and supreme court judges. Meanwhile, the Central Government said that the manner in which the courts of the country conducted online hearings during corona restrictions will go a long way in reducing the pendency of cases. The Upper House returned the High Court and the Supreme Court (Pay and Condition of Service) Amendment Bill, 2021 to the Lok Sabha after discussion on Monday. State that the High Court and the Supreme Court (Pay and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2021 is a Money Bill. The Bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha on December 8.
Replying to a discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the Bill, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said that the bill has been introduced to remove the pension anomaly of judges of the apex court and high courts. On the issue of pending cases raised during the discussion, he said that 'disposal of cases depends on many things. Adequate number of judges will definitely help in the disposal of cases. Infrastructure and resources are also important. There are also other factors that affect hearing and disposal of cases, along with the nature of evidence and cooperation from all parties.'
Rijiju further said, "Not only will the Centre help in infrastructure and resources, but the State Governments will also have to come forward. The infrastructure of high courts and subordinate courts is the responsibility of the states.' Rijiju said that 'the centrally sponsored scheme for lower courts has been extended for another 5 years and provides for Rs 9,000 crore. These range from infrastructure reforms to other facilities.' The Union Law Minister said, 'About 90 per cent of pending cases are in lower courts. Even in the days of the Covid epidemic, the top courts, high courts and subordinate courts did not stop work but continued hearings through online arrangements. Looking at this, it seems that the pending cases will also be disposed of soon.'