CJI slams govt over ap­point­ment of judges, says 500 posts va­cant

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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.

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