Millions of civil cases have been pending over decades across the country now. Most of these cases are at the level of the High Court and Supreme Court. ‘File a case at the trial court level, and you will be over and done with it in about 3 or 4 years,’ said a family friend, who is a lawyer himself. ‘But once you approach the higher courts, justice becomes long, tedious and delayed. That’s where the trouble begins,’ he added.

The Bombay Civil Court is flooded with as many as about 362,949 cases dated from decades ago. Most of these cases are related to encroachment, division of property, breach of contract, compensation etc. My father, over tea, was telling me about the case he, along with his elder brother, has been fighting for almost 60 years now. ‘It is an extremely simple case; justice clearly needs to be ruled in…

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