The Supreme Court, which is just eight judges short of the sanctioned strength of total 31, has a total of 60,938 pending cases as on September 30, 2016. As per the ‘Indian Judiciary Annual Report 2015-2016’ issued by the Supreme Court, of these 60,938 cases, 50,205 are civil cases and 10,733 are criminal cases.
It said that a “special drive” was initiated to hear after-notice matters “which had literally clogged the entire system” and about 5,000 after-notice matters had accumulated and were decided.
The report also said that two special benches were set up to hear bail matters, besides one special tax bench which sat post lunch on Mondays and Fridays.
It said about 104 bail matters and 112 tax cases were disposed of by August 30, 2016.