Delhi High Court refuses to entertain plea seeking direction to increase its working strength

Team SoOLEGAL 4 Oct 2021 1:18pm

Delhi High Court refuses to entertain plea seeking direction to increase its working strength

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court refused to entertain a petition seeking directions to increase the Delhi High Court's current working strength by filling all existing vacancies.

The Division Bench, which included Chief Justice D.N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh, was hearing a petition alleging inefficiency in the operation of the Delhi High Court due to the Court not operating at its full sanctioned strength.

While dismissing the petition, the Bench noted that the Delhi High Court is already engrossed in the matter, and the High Court Collegium is already working on the issue of filling judicial vacancies.

“The Collegium of the High Court is already working on it. The appointment process has already begun, so we see no reason to hear this petition,” the Bench stated.

Regarding the petitioner's suggestion to elevate more judges from the District Division to the High Court, the Bench stated that "there are specific norms for such type of elevations."

The Delhi High Court has an authorised strength of 60 judges (45 permanent and 15 additional), but it is currently operating with 29 permanent judges, including the Chief Justice, and no additional judges.

Rakesh Kumar Gupta, who claims to be a whistle-blower, has filed the public interest litigation. The petition claims that the Delhi High Court, despite having adequate infrastructure, employs fewer judges than its total strength.

According to the plea, this has caused delays in justice delivery as well as increased the backlog over time.

The petition contends that judges should come from various of backgrounds, experiences, and genders, and that appointments are usually made by people from higher levels of society, ignoring the perspectives of those from lower levels.

As a result, the petition requests that more judicial appointments be made in the Delhi High Court.

In addition, the petitioner requests that more judges be appointed to the High Court from the District Courts in the national capital.

Tagged: Delhi High Court   Division Bench   Chief Justice D.N Patel   Justice Jyoti Singh   High Court Collegium   Rakesh Kumar Gupta   District Courts  
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