SC raps Centre on appointment of judges

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has rapped the government for not appointing judges to several high courts despite recommendations made by the Collegium in this regard.

The apex court that was hearing a petition on Friday concerning the delay in appointment of judges to several high courts said that Centre cannot bring the institution to a grinding half by creating a deadlock in appointing judges.

Stating that courtrooms across the country were being locked out because of lack of judges, the apex court said, “Government can’t sit over a situation where executive inaction is decimating the judiciary.”

“You have committed that process of appointment will continue without finalisation of Memorandum of Procedure (MoP). Finalisation of MoP has nothing to do with the ongoing appointment process in judiciary,” the court told the Centre.

The next hearing on the matter has been scheduled for November 11.

The Supreme Court is particularly disturbed at the pendency of 35 appointments in Allahabad High Court. Despite its clearance of the list, the Centre has not notified their appointments.

The Allahabad High Court is functioning with less than 50% of its strength with just 77 judges against the approved strength of 160.

In the last week of September, the government notified appointment of at least 25 judges.

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