Following the central government’s rejection of 43 names recommended by the collegium for the appointment of various High Court judges, the Supreme court had today refused for any rejection of names and thereby cleared all the names recommended.
The collegium had, earlier, recommended 77 names for the appointmnet of High Court judges, while the center had only cleared 34 names and thereby sent the rest of the names to the apex court for reconsideration. Rejection more than half of the collegium’s recommendation, the Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi, on behalf of the center, had told the Supreme Court, on November 12, that while the union government had cleared 34 name but they want the Supreme Court bench led by Justice T S Thakur to have a re-look into the rest.
Previously, the Supreme Court had slammed the central government for delaying the appointment of the High Court judges even after the recommendation list by the collegium. Chief Justice T S Thakur, accused the government for stalling legal proceedings by not appointing judges and bringing “the entire judicial institution to a grinding halt”.
A 1971 war-veteran, Anil Kabotra, had also filed a PIL on the issue to the Supreme Court, where he had sought a direction to Ministry of Law and Justice for the immediate appointment of judges, citing the existing vacancies in such posts.