New Delhi: In a bid to fast track pending CBI cases, three more special courts will be functional in the national capital from January 2.

Delhi, which alone has 1731 CBI cases pending with it in comparison to 9996 such matters across the country as on August 31, will now have 21 special CBI judges working from January 2 to deal with the corruption and heinous crimes, probed by the agency. The number of special courts will go up to 21 from the existing 18.

This follows concerns raised by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia over growing list of pending CBI cases.

Singh, CJI and his predecessor K G Balakrishnan had advocated creation of more CBI courts across the country to deal with the growing number of undecided cases.

The CJI also wrote to Chief Justices of the High Courts to expedite hearing in corruption cases.

Besides Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Assam and Goa were the states which did not either set up the sanctioned number or only partially implemented the Prime Minister's advice given in 2009.

The Delhi High Court passed an administrative order paving the way for creation of three CBI courts at Tis Hazari, Saket and Patiala House district courts complexes, to be presided over by Anu Malhotra, Ravinder Kaur and Swarna Kanta Sharma, all of the ranks of Additional Sessions Judge, respectively.

The agency, in its monthly performance report of August this year, said out of 1731, 62 cases are pending in Delhi courts for over 20 years.

The murder case of Union Railways Minister L N Mishra, probed by the CBI, is pending adjudication for last 38 years.

It also said that 114 CBI cases are pending for more than 15 years while 287 are undecided for last ten years here.

The High Court has also recently effected a major reshuffle in the Delhi Judicial Service and the Delhi Higher Judicial Service in which a total of 107 transfers and postings have been made.

(Agencies)