Govt Got Mov­ing On Fill­ing Up Court Va­can­cies Early This Month

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: The Naren­dra Modi govern­ment, it has emerged now, de­cided early this month to ex­pe­dite the process of fill­ing up of va­can­cies of su­pe­rior ju­di­ciary.

Hav­ing re­ceived over 100 names to be rec­om­mended as HC judges till early April — some more have come since — thelawmin­istry­was­faced­with­aque­s­tion: whether to await the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of aMe­moran­du­mof Pro­ce­dure(MoP) or process the names for­warded by var­i­ous high courts as per the ex­ist­ing MoP. The new MoP pre­pared by the govern­ment for the se­lec­tion of judges is pend­ing with the Supreme Court.

The min­istry took up the is­sue with the PMO, which granted its as­sent in the sec­ond week ended April 9 to go ahead as per the ex­ist­ing MoP and not de­lay the process for the se­lec­tion of LAW MIN­ISTRY OF­FI­CIAL HC judges. It promptly ini­ti­ated the process and sent the names to the In­tel­li­genceBureauseek­ingre­port­son the can­di­dates.

“The process was al­ready taken up in the sec­ond week of April as a de­ci­sion at the high­est level was taken not to drag feet on the fill­ing up of va­can­cies in su­pe­rior ju­di­ciary,” a se­nior gov­ern- ment of­fi­cial told ET, speak­ing on the con­di­tion of anonymity. “So much so that the min­istry is work­ing par­al­lel with the IB and state high courts.”

All th­ese have hap­pened be­fore the im­pas­sioned speech on Sun­day by Chief Jus­ticeof In­di­aTSThakur,seek­ing to in­crease the num­ber of judges to han­dle an “avalanche” of lit­i­ga­tions that the ju­di­ciary is fac­ing. Fol­low­ing the CJI’s emo­tion­ally charged ap­peal, the­gov­ern­men­tonMon­daypre­pareda re­port to as­cer­tain the progress of the rec­om­men­da­tions. As per it, the law min­istry has so far re­ceived 156 names, in­clud­ing those on which it has set the pro­cess­in­mo­tion,fromthecol­legiums at 10 HCs.

Of th­ese, 40 names were re­ceived by the law min­istry af­ter Fe­bru­ary 15. In March,68morewer­ere­ceived.InApril, 48 names were sent by high court chief jus­tices for el­e­va­tion of which 40 were re­ceived on April 21 and 4 on April 25.


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