Bhopal, Sep 24: Madhya Pradesh Government has withdrawn 1.84 lakh cases registered under different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in the past 10 years in an effort to reduce the burden on courts.
"In order to reduce burden on courts that are flooded with a large number of cases, over a lakh petty cases have been withdrawn, so that courts can devote more time in the disposal of serious cases," State Home Minister, Babulal Gaur, told PTI today. From 2004 to August 2015, state government after a thorough review of pending court cases has decided to withdraw 1,84,257 cases, Gaur said.
The government has decided to withdraw cases related to IPC section 294 (obscene acts and songs), 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 323 (voluntary causing hurt), 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others), 337 (causing hurt by act of endangering life or personal safety of others, 341 (wrongful restraint).
The other cases include - offences of wrongful confinement, criminal trespass, house trespass, criminal intimidation, theft, forgery for purpose of harming reputation lodged under relevant IPC sections. Besides, the government has also decided to consider the withdrawal of cases (registered under IPC) in which punishment is not more than three years, he said.
The minister informed that as a part of the drive, a total of 48,994 cases were withdrawn in Indore division, 35,551 in Bhopal, 24,344 in Ujjain, 19,300 in Jabalpur, 13,709 in Sagar, 12,782 in Gwalior, 9,166 in Narmadapuram, 9,081 in Chambal, 6,116 in Rewa and 5,214 in Shahdol division.