There were an estimated 33 million cases pending in Indian courts as at January 2018, according to the National Judicial Data Grid.
Ranjan Gogoi, who took his oath as India’s New Chief Justice on Wednesday, indicated that he intends to tackle the huge backlog of cases awaiting decisions in Indian Courts.
Mr Gogoi at a function on Monday said he had a plan to resolve the problem, the Times of India newspaper reported.
He is also expected to bring in more transparency into the way the rosters are decided in the court.
He is one of the four judges who held an unprecedented press conference in January when they raised grievances regarding the functioning of the Supreme Court, especially then-chief justice Dipak Misra’s allocation of important cases to other judges.
At the centre of the controversy was the assigning of a case demanding a probe into a judge’s death to a junior judge of the Supreme Court.
Judge BH Loya, who was trying a case of murder against ruling Bharatiya Janata Party chief Amit Shah, died of a cardiac arrest in December 2014 but some lawyers and family members alleged a cover-up.
The Supreme Court had dismissed the demand for a probe.
Mr Gogoi, 63, the son of a former chief minister of the state of Assam, is the first Supreme Court chief justice from India’s north-eastern region.
He is one of the few Supreme Court judges who had made their assets public.
He does not own a house or a vehicle and has no outstanding debts.
Ritualists abduct New born baby from sleeping mother in Ondo
Less than two-week-old baby has been abducted by ritualists at Uro-Ajowa in the Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, on Thursday while the mother of the baby, Mrs Oluwaseun Olomodi, was still sleeping.
Two suspected ritualists reportedly sneaked into the room where the newborn baby and the mother were sleeping and took the baby away, for apparent money rituals.
The source said, “It happened around 1am on Thursday. The hoodlums gained entry into the house through the kitchen. After the hoodlums had abducted the baby, an elderly woman, who woke up at that time and attempted to rescue the baby, was cut with a machete by the hoodlums.
“The elderly woman’s scream woke up the neighbours and the victim’s mother, but the kidnappers had left.
Immediately, the community members started combing the bushes but their efforts have not yielded any fruit up until now. “
The Public Relations Officer for the Ondo State Police Command, Mr Femi Joseph, said the police had begun investigation into the matter.
Woman caught trying to kill her daughter for alleged money rituals
A middle age woman was on Wednesday caught, while allegedly trying to behead her daughter in an uncompleted building in Delta state.
According to Facebook user, Isaac Omoyibo, the woman was caught trying to behead the girl in a building under construction.
Timely intervention of locals allegedly helped foil the attempted murder which people are attributing to money rituals.
16-yr-old stabs friend to death while testing charms used against weapons in Ekiti
A 16-year-old pupil, Kehinde Timilehin, who allegedly stabbed his schoolmate to death, has been remanded by an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Adesoji Adegboye, ordered that the accused be kept at the State Children Correctional Centre pending advice from the state Director of Public Prosecutions.
Adegboye subsequently adjourned the case till January 18, 2019.
Timilehin, a pupil of Ado Grammar School, Ado-Ekiti, is standing trial for allegedly stabbing his schoolmate, Favour Matthew, in the chest on Thursday, December 6, 2018, after school hours.
Timilehin and Mathew were said to be testing the efficacy of a charm believed to prevent the penetration of weapons like cutlass and knife.
But the charm failed Mathew as the weapon with which Timilehin allegedly attacked him penetrated his body and he reportedly died at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.
The suspect was arrested and detained at the Ekiti State Criminal Investigation Department on the day of the incident.
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