CJI hopes to resolve issues raised by SC judge
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.