SC rebukes High Courts & States for Failure in Judicial Appointments & Lack of Infrastructure

Team SoOLEGAL 15 Nov 2018 6:10pm

SC rebukes High Courts & States for Failure in Judicial Appointments & Lack of Infrastructure

Different High Courts and States today bore the brunt of the Supreme Court for their failure in appointing judges to subordinate judiciary and not providing adequate infrastructure for the judiciary.

At an early hearing on November 1 in the matter, the CJI Gogoi led bench had summoned the concerned Registrars General and the authorised representatives of the Chief Secretaries of the States – of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and the North-Eastern States – to be personally present on November 15 for the hearing.

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In today’s hearing, the SC Bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi particularly expressed its dissatisfaction over the states of Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and West Bengal.

Noting that the number of vacant posts in lower courts in Uttar Pradesh is around 1000, CJI Gogoi remarked that:

We are going to ensure that these 1000 posts are filled up.”

The Bench also rebuked the Uttar Pradesh government for the lack of infrastructure for courts and judges, but took note of the undertaking by the state government that it is committed to providing adequate infrastructure for the judiciary.

The SC Bench then reprimanded the Delhi government for its approach in carrying out a recruitment process for only 100 posts while there are 201 vacancies in the Delhi High Court.

In this context, the High Court Registrar General told the Court that was because of the lack of infrastructure. When the Court pulled up the Delhi government for the same, the government filed an affidavit specifying a timeline of 3 years for completion of certain court buildings. However, the CJI remarked that they cannot wait for 3 years.

The Supreme Court also reprimanded the High Court for the time gap of almost a year it had taken in initiating the recruitment process of candidates of the said 100 posts.

Further, after noting inadequate infrastructure and manpower in courts of West Bengal, CJI Gogoi said that if the need arises the Court will summon Chief Secretary to do the needful.

We will get Chief Secretary and pin him down. The State government should tell us when it will provide courtrooms, residentials houses for judges and support staff. Is it not the duty of the State to provide houses to judges?,” the Chief Justice asserted.

 The CJI further said, “We want judges. We need courtrooms, support staff, infrastructure. We need our judges to be able to operate. We shall make the State governments, High Courts and Public Service Commissions accountable.

Tagged: Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi   CJI   High Courts   States   Judicial Vacancies   Judiciary   Uttar Pradesh   Maharashtra   West Bengal   Delhi   Chhattisgarh   Delhi HC  
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