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SC Asks Registrars Of All HCs To Provide Information Regarding Current Vacancies, Future Vacancies And The Time Required To Make Recommendations For Appointing Judges

Lawstreet Journal 17 Feb 2020 10:32pm

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The Supreme Court of India today (February 17, 2020) has asked the Registrars of all the High Courts in the country to apprise it of the total number of vacant positions existing as of now, expected future vacacies and the time period required to make recommendations regarding the filling up of such vacant positions. The Attorney General KK Venugopal, appraised Court of the fact that the government alone was not responsible for delay in appointment but it was also the collegium. He cited the example of Justice PV Kunhikrishnan whose appointment took two years to come through. Venugopal said, "he gave a speech mentioning the two year delay. It was sad."

The Apex Court, earlier in the matter on 6th December 2019, had reprimanded the government for the delay in appointment of several High Court Judges which were recommended by the collegium which was led by the Chief Justice of India.

As per the data available with the Department of Justice, there are 424 vacancies out of 1,079 sanctioned strength of high court judges as on November 1 2019, Friday.

For the record, the government had rejected and returned around 100-odd suggested names with several objections, however, the CJI-led Collegium re-recommended the same names.

According to a leading news portal, the Times of India, when the bench comprising of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice K.M. Joseph questioned the delay and said that once the names were re-stated, it was a “fait accompli” on the part of the Government to make the appointments. To further establish the same fact,… Continue Reading...


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