Published On: Fri, Nov 11th, 2016

Collegium recommends 77 names, govt clears 34 as High Court judges

New Delhi: The appointment of judges has been a point of contention between the Centre and judiciary for long. The government on Friday has returned 43 names recommended by the collegium for appointment as high court judges.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi.

Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi.

Out of the 77 names recommended by the collegium, 34 have been cleared for appointment as high court judges, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said.

The Supreme Court had earlier rapped the Centre for not appointing judges to various high courts despite recommendations made by collegium in this regard.

“There should not be a deadlock in appointment of judges. You (Centre) cannot bring the institution to a grinding halt,” the apex court had said.

The apex court is particularly was peeved at the pendency of 35 appointments it had cleared for the Allahabad High Court – the first batch of eight on January 28 and the second for appointment of 27 judges in August – both are yet to be notified.

These appointments assume significance considering that the country’s largest high court accounts for about 25 per cent of nearly 40 lakh cases pending in all 24 high courts and would have helped bring down vacancies from a high of 83 to 48, improving the bench strength to 112.

Annoyed by the inordinate delay in notifying appointments, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur had during the last hearing warned the government of passing an order and “fastening accountability” if the logjam continued which, he said, stifled judicial work.

PTI

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