Supreme Court to be linked with the National Judicial Data Grid
The Supreme Court will soon link to the National Judicial data grid which is a depot of all the data relating to pendency and arrears of cases and appeals as well as the disposal rate of the cases up to the national levels. At present, the portal only shows the data up to the high court level, but soon it will be extended to the national level. In the case of C.C.E and S.T., Surat I vs. BILFINDER NEO STRUCTO CONSTRUCTION LTD, the bench of Justice DY CHANDRACHUD and SURYA KANT was hearing a matter considering a civil appeal filed by the Central Excise department regarding which they earlier took up the issue relating to the delay in filling the tax appeals. A monitoring mechanism for tracking the revenue litigation was suggested by the court earlier. When the matter was called for hearing, ASG Balbir Singh referred to the top courts, wherein the top court had asked the union to consider constituting a committee at the secretary level.
He submitted that a high-powered committee had been constituted which was headed by ASHISH SHIRADHONKAR, who is heading the e-courts project at the National Informatics Centre, to develop a technological platform streamlining the appeal filing process related to direct and indirect tax matters and the meeting has been also fixed on a particular date. The Centre had said that the National Informatics Centre (NIC) is collaborating to integrate LIMBS with the e-office mechanism so that real-time tracking of cases can be done.
The bench at this stage by pointing out the statistics which the courts had asked the union to consider and the integration with the LIMBS portal said -“your statistic shows that your delay is continuing”. ASG BALBIR SINGH in response stated that all these appeals were arising out of the orders of the Customs Excise and Service Tax Appellate Tribunal (CESTAT), which is at present working on the Local Area Network (LAN) and has not switched over to cloud network functioning due to which integration with the Legal Information Management and Briefing System (LIMBS) portal has not been possible. ASG BALBIR SINGH said "These are all 75 appeals out of CESTAT out of which 49 there is delay and 26 is relaxed period.CESTAT is still functioning on LAN and has not been put on the cloud and that’s why LIMB’S integration has not taken place. The issue has been raised by the President of CESTAT, and we are hopeful in the next four weeks, we will be able to switch over to cloud network and after that, it will be integrated with LIMBS network." The bench further said that -it will list the matter for further hearing after the summer vacation and requested the president of CESTAT to ensure switching over to cloud networking so that integration with the LIMBS portal is possible.
The note which is related to “Reducing delay in litigation management” in which it was mentioned that certain High courts were not on NJDG, regarding which ASG Balbir Singh said that- “If the remaining HCs are connected with the judicial grid, if the remaining HCs could be connected with the LIMBS, possibly those orders can be immediately reflected in the HC’s data to LIMB’S and this could be one way to achieve efficiency. The interference of the supreme court is yet to happen If that also could be taken care of Possibly”. Considering ASG’S submissions, the bench in their order directed the CESTAT president to intervene personally in the matter and to ensure that all necessary steps were taken in the back of CSETAT so that the integration of LIMBS software is completed within 1 month.
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