New Delhi: Chief justice of India (CJI) H.L. Dattu, who retires on Wednesday, said he was satisfied with his tenure, citing a decline in the number of pending cases since he became India’s top judge.

Dattu, in an informal conversation with journalists on Tuesday, said the number of pending cases had declined to 58,000 from 63,000 since he became CJI on 28 September last year.

On Wednesday, his last day as CJI, the Supreme Court is to deliver an important verdict which will determine whether convicts undergoing life imprisonment would be eligible for remission of their sentences.

It will also lay down the extent of powers of the Centre and state governments in this matter, and if the latter can supersede a decision of the Centre. A five-judge bench of the court, headed by Dattu, had reserved judgment in the case on 12 August.

Dattu will be succeeded by justice T.S. Thakur, who will take over on Thursday.