The Supreme Court on Friday severely criticised the government for the non-appointment of judges despite the collegium recommendations on this matter. The Apex court, while hearing a petition that concerned the delay in the appointment of various High Court judges said that there must not be a deadlock that brings the institution to a grinding halt. The Supreme Court stated that the courtrooms all across the country were being locked out due to the lack of judges.
The Supreme Court criticised the Central government and said that it cannot sit over a situation the inaction of the executive was decimating the judiciary. The top court said that the government had committed to maintaining the process of appointment without the finalising the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP). It rapped the Centre and said that the Memorandum of procedure had nothing to do with the current appointment process in the judiciary.
The SC informed that the next hearing on the matter is to happen on November 11. The SC was particularly miffed with the 35 pending appointments which it had cleared for the Allahabad High Court; the first batch of 8 judges on January 28 and the second batch for the appointment of 27 judges in the month of August. The Allahabad High Court is known to be working with only 77 judges, which is less than 50% of its strength. The Sc had approved a total strength of 160 judges. The non-appointment of these judges is a matter of concern as the country’s biggest HC accounts for a meagre 25% of an estimate of 40 lakh cases pending in all 24 high courts across India.