Over 18.70 lakh cases pending for trial in Odisha: Minister

Bhubaneswar: More than 18.70 lakh cases are pending for trial at various courts across the state, informed Law Minister Jagannath Saraka in the state Assembly here today.

Replying to a question raised by BJD MLA from Khandapada Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, the Minister said a total of 18,79,226 cases are pending for trial at various lower courts and in Orissa High Court (HC). Of the total pending cases, 1,28,019 are more than 15 year old.

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The Minister further said that with approval from Orissa HC, the state Government is taking steps to run Civil Judge-cum-JMFC Court at all blocks in the state on phased manner for immediate disposal of the cases.

Besides, steps are afoot to increase the number of Judges for the purpose, he added.

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