Delay in appointing justices: Supreme Court hits out at Central Govt

“Why has the Central Government not sent the recommendations of the High Courts to the Collegium as there could be another showdown between the Executive and the Judiciary regarding the appointment of judges?” the Supreme Court questioned on Tuesday.

A bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia, hearing the petitions alleging delay by the Centre in clearing the names, said it was closely monitoring the matter.

80 names of High Court are pending for 10 months. First the normal process takes place. Know your position. Justice Kaul therefore told the central government that the collegium can decide the appointment of judges. The bench said that the transfer of 26 judges and the appointment of the Chief Justice in a High Court are pending.

Justice Kaul said, “I have information about how many names are pending which have not been accepted by the collegium despite the recommendations of the High Court.”

Attorney General R Venkatramani sought a week’s time to respond. The bench gave them two weeks’ time to come up with the Centre’s response. Now the case will be heard on October 9.

I have so much to say. But I am controlling myself. “I am silent as the AG has asked for a week to respond, but I will not be silent on the next date,” Justice Kaul said.

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