CJI slams govt over appointment of judges, says 500 posts vacant
India’s top judge lashed out at the Centre on Saturday over the large number of vacancies in the high courts and his successor warned of striking down any future law that would impede the judiciary’s independence.
Union law minister Ravi Shankar shot back by reminding how the Supreme Court “failed” the country during Emergency and attorney general Mukul Rohatgi mentioned a “lakshman rekha” for the judiciary.
The stinging comments by Chief Justice of India (CJI) TS Thakur and justice JS Khehar, the CJI-in-waiting, was the latest Chief Justice of India TS Thakur (right) and Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in New Delhi on Saturday.
in the face-off between the government and the judiciary over the appointment of judges since the Supreme Court struck down the National Judicial
Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act.
The law was brought in to end more than 20-year-old practice, unique to India, of judges appointing judges under the collegium system, with the government having no say in the process.