The Supreme Court on Thursday, while expressing concern over a large number of execution applications pending before the Allahabad High Court under Section 34 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, the pendency of such execution applications and commercial disputes affects the ease of doing business.
A Bench comprising Justice M.R. Shah and Justice B.V. Nagarathna directed the Registrar General of Allahabad High Court to present the current case status before the Chief Justice of High Court.
The Apex Court further directed the Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court to constitute a special committee comprising Judges of the High Court and invite suggestions to prepare a roadmap to tackle the arrears.
While observing that time has come to take corrective measures, the Court ordered the Allahabad High Court to prepare a roadmap and take a call on how to handle the problem of proceedings to execute the award.
The top court of the country noted that commercial disputes should be disposed of at the earliest, so that the litigants’ faith in the judiciary remains intact.
While directing that the status report has to be submitted by the High Court Registrar General and not any other officer, the Court fixed May 18 as the next date of hearing.
The Bench also expressed concern over the adjournment culture, especially in the lower judiciary. At this, the Amicus Curiae suggested imposition of heavy costs, if a lawyer takes more than five adjournments.