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Under CJI Chandrachud, Supreme Court disposed of more than 6800 cases, nearly 5900 new cases filed

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The Supreme Court has managed to dispose of 6,844 cases, including 2,516 bail and transfer petitions since November 9, when Justice Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud was sworn-in as the 50th Chief Justice of India (CJI).

As per the data available at the Supreme Court website, 5,898 fresh cases were filed till December 16, the last working day before the top court of the country closed for Winter vacation.

The Apex Court disposed of 384 cases on December 12, including 105 transfer and 71 bail petitions, the highest since Justice Chandrachud took over as the CJI. On November 12, the Supreme Court disposed of just one case. 

A couple of days after taking over as the 50th CJI, Justice Chandrachud announced on November 18 that all 13 Benches of the Supreme Court, which were currently functioning, would take up 10 bail petitions, as well as 10 transfer pleas each everyday, thus disposing of all transfer petitions before the start of Winter vacations.

As per the CJI, the decision was taken during a full court meeting. He said the Benches will be disposing of 130 transfer pleas per day and 650 per week, thus reducing the pendency by 3200 such petitions, which were related to family matters, at the end of five weeks.    

Stating that bail petitions were a matter of personal liberty, the CJI stressed on expediting their hearing and announced that all Benches will hear 10 such matters everyday.

After clearing these cases, the Bench will start regular work, he added.

Both Justice Chandrachud and his predecessor, Justice U.U. Lalit, have laid emphasis on disposal of cases. During the two-month tenure of CJI Lalit, 10,000 cases were disposed of, including 5,000 cases in the first 13 days.

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