CJI hopes to re­solve is­sues raised by SC judge

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Chief Jus­tice of In­dia TS Thakur re­it­er­ated on Satur­day the need to ap­point more judges to deal with the pend­ing cases at trial courts and ap­pel­late courts and hoped to sort out is­sues raised by Jus­tice Chelameswar, the fifth se­nior-most judge.

Fill­ing up of “proper num­ber of judges” at the courts has not kept pace with the in­creas­ing num­ber of cases, said the CJI. His com­ment came after Jus­tice Chelameswar re­fused Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi at the Quan Su Pagoda, in Hanoi, Viet­nam on Satur­day. He ex­tended a $500mn line of credit to Viet­nam, a move seen im­por­tant strate­gi­cally in light of the tussle for in­flu­ence in the South China Sea re­gion. to at­tend the meet­ing of the col­legiums on Thurs­day, hinting at a po­ten­tial de­lay in the ap­point­ment of high court judges.

Jus­tice Chelameswar is part of the five-mem­ber collegium headed by the CJI and Jus­tices AR Dave, JS Khe­har and Di­pak Misra as other mem­bers.

At the fourth an­nual con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony of the Na­tional Law Uni­ver­sity here, Chief Jus­tice Thakur said, “Speedy trial is a fun­da­men­tal right. The ad­ju­di­ca­tory process in the courts today is tak­ing un­duly long time, which more often than not de­feats the right it­self.

“But un­for­tu­nately, for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, and a ma­jor rea­son is, as we all know, the lack of proper num­ber of judges that are re­quired. This is not hap­pen­ing at the trial level or at the ap­pel­late level. This needs to be ad­dressed,” he added.

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