Former Union law minister and senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily today came out in support of Supreme Court Chief Justice T.S. Thakur on the issue of delays in the appointment of judges and said that his successor in the NDA Government Ravi Shankar Prasad was not acting as law minister but as BJP general secretary.
He also added that it’s the law minister’s business to ensure that vacant posts are filled. Speaking to news agency ANI he added that its time the top court send recommendations back to the government so that later has no other alternative but to accept it a but to accept it.
Yesterday differences between Judiciary and the Government once again came to the for on the issue of appointment of judges with Chief Justice of India T S Thakur saying there is shortage of judges in high courts and tribunals requiring government intervention, a view Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad strongly disagreed with.
While addressing an All India Conference of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) he said that there are several vacant courtrooms in India but no judges available. Hoping that government will intervene to end this crisis, the CJI added that a large number of proposals are still pending with the Centre.
However, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had disagreed with him on the issue and said that the government has made 120 appointments this year which was the second highest since 1990. He also added that highest number of appointments of 121 were made in 2013.