‘Don’t Force Us To Pass Orders,’ Angry SC Warns Centre

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New Delhi: India’s seniormost judge TS Thakur on Friday accused the government of “sitting over” judges appointments and said: “Don’t force us to pass orders to remove this logjam.”

The Chief Justice of India told Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that since February, 75 names had been recommended for appointment of high court judges.

“You can’t leave a situation where courts are allowed to be shut down.  Accessibility to courts can’t be allowed to a grinding halt. Tell us where the files are. There has to be some accountability. If you have any problems with the names, send it back.  Collegium can consider. You can’t sit over files and not process the recommendations,” Justice Thakur said.

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He commented that even transfers and appointments of chief justices of high courts had not been done. “In February, a few judges were recommended for transfer. Still the names are not processed. It gives a wrong impression and we feel to think whether judicial work should be withdrawn from those judges under transfer,” said the Chief Justice.

The court was hearing a petition that urges that judges be appointed according to the system suggested by the law commission.