Amid rift between the central government and the Supreme Court over the appointment of High Court judges, Chief Justice of India, T S Thakur today slammed the government stating that, apart from infrastructure, vacancies in court-rooms is a major concern for the tribunal.
Citing that 500 judges posts are vacant in the High Courts, the Chief Justice claimed that, at present times, there are several vacant court rooms in Inida, but no judges available.
In a statement to the media, TS Thakur today said, “Several tribunals are empty, I am pained to send my retired colleagues there. Tribunals are not equipped, today a situation has come that when no retd SC judge wants to head tribunal.”
Earlier, following the recommendation of 77 names, by the Supreme Court collegium, for the appointmnet of High Court judges, the centre had only cleared 34 names and sent back the 43 other names for reconsideration by the SC. However, the Supreme Court, later, rfused to accept the centre’s rejection of names and cleared all the 43 names, sent for reconsideration.
The Supreme court had been slamming the central government for delay in appointing High Court judges, even after the collegium listed the names and sent the list to the centre long back. Earlier, Chief Justice Thakur had also accused the government of stalling legal proceedings and bringing “the entire judicial institution to a grinding halt”.
In April, this year, the Chief Justice, while addressing a joint conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices, broke down urging the government to improve the infrastructure and fill up vacancies in the High Court.