New Delhi: The Supreme Court has deplored the tendency of judges to abdicate their task of deciding complex legal issues and merely resorting to quick disposal of cases for statistical delight.

A bench of justices G S Singhvi and K S Radhakrishnan said directions and decisions passed by judges should be reasoned with a determination to put an end to the litigation instead of allowing it to prolong.

"Of late, we have come across several orders which would indicate that some of the judges are averse to deciding the disputes when they are complex or complicated and would find out ways and means to pass on the burden to their brethren or remand the matters to the lower courts not for good reasons.

"A few judges, for quick disposal and for statistical purposes, get rid of the cases, driving the parties to move representations before the some authority with a direction to that authority to decide the dispute, which the judges should have done. Often, causes of action, which otherwise had attained finality, resurrect, giving a fresh cause for action," justices Radhakrishnan writing the judgement said.

The apex court passed the direction while quashing a Uttarakhand High Court's direction to the state to pay an over Rs 70 lakh compensation with interest to Sunil Kumar Vaish whose land was acquired by the government for setting up a printing press.

The family of Vaish was earlier evicted from the place by the government on the ground that they were unauthorized claimants.

The High Court had passed the order in 2002 despite the Supreme Court dismissing the Vaish family's claim on December 23, 1981. The High Court had passed the order on a subsequent order of the District Magistrate Haridwar to the state government on September 17, 1993, for payment of compensation to the family.

(Agencies)