The Supreme Court has blamed the Centre and the States for filing government litigation and increasing the workload of the Courts. In spite of repeated requests, the bureaucracy, both at the Centre and the States are filing litigations and aren’t responding to the judiciary’s requests to not file appeals.
A bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Indu Malhotra bought up this issue when hearing 44-year-old tax litigation. The Government’s main aim should be to deliver justice and not to win cases it said.
Time and again many judges, senior advocates and others have highlighted the increased backlog of cases pending in the country’s courts. Yes, one solution to this is to add more courts and judges to hear all the issues plaguing the courts. Secondly, there are cases where the local governments and law enforcement takes the judiciary for granted, where cases are filed for every little reason instead of trying to solve the issue themselves. Sometimes, local police inspectors submit fabricated evidence for their own vested interests. In spite of various warnings and requests, this issue still comes to the fore every now and then.
“The Indian Legal System is reeling under a docket explosion. The Government and public authorities are active contributors to this deluge,” the SC said when hearing the tax litigation.
The bench of Judges also suggested ways to reduce the 87% litigation rate by solving the issues themselves. An advanced system of ruling can go a long way to reduce the taxation litigation process, it said.