CJI Ranjan Gogoi says, “Courts Have to Function, will make sure Govts provide infra for it”

Team SoOLEGAL 29 Nov 2018 5:30pm

CJI Ranjan Gogoi says, “Courts Have to Function, will make sure Govts provide infra for it”

A Supreme Court bench headed by CJI Gogoi on Thursday asserted that courts in the country have to function and that it will make sure that manpower and infrastructure are provided by the state government.

The Chief Justice further emphasized that the High Courts cannot halt appointing judges citing lack of infrastructure. 

Making infrastructure is not your business, appointing judges is your business. If the government doesn't make provisions for infrastructure, will you stop appointing judges?” the Court asked Registrar General of the Delhi HC. 

CJI Gogoi further said that “Manpower and infrastructure are to be provided by the government and we will make sure they do it. We know only one thing, our courts have to function.” 

The SC bench made the remarks after the Delhi High Court Registrar submitted that they were going slow on appointment of new judges due to lack of infrastructure for the judiciary, including courtrooms and residential units for the judicial officers.

The top court’s remarks came while hearing a petition which highlighted issues of huge pendency of cases in lower courts and inaction by the state governments – as well as various high courts – in making appointments, which is the major reason for increase in case pendency.

During the hearing, the bench also came down heavily on the West Bengal government for its “lethargy” in addressing the concerns relating to the lack of judicial infrastructure. The bench also said that it is “shocked” by the response of the state chief secretary who has failed to provide clear answers in the concerned matter.

The bench then gave the West Bengal government a week to submit deadlines for completion of 422 court halls and 630 residential units in the state. The CJI-led bench has also directed the chief secretary and the finance secretary of the state to remain present for the next hearing on December 5.

Source: News18

Tagged: CJI Gogoi   Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi   Delhi High Court Registrar   Delhi HC     
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