CJI J S Khehar refers depleted strength, to take steps to fill vacancies

"We are so short of strength that it is difficult to manage day-to-day affairs," a bench comprising the CJI and Justice D Y Chandrachud said.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:January 11, 2017 7:59 pm
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Chief Justice of India J S Khehar on Wednesday said the shortfall in the number of judges was affecting work in the apex court, which currently has 23 judges against the sanctioned strength of 31 and indicated that efforts would be made to fill up vacancies. The important observations were made when senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan sought early hearing of a civil appeal pertaining to an inter-state dispute.

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“We are so short of strength that it is difficult to manage day-to-day affairs,” a bench comprising the CJI and Justice D Y Chandrachud said. “We will increase our strength. Wait till the month end,” the bench said, indicating that steps would be taken to fill up the vacancies in the top court. The recent retirement of CJI T S Thakur, who had been raising the issue of vacancies in judiciary, has truncated the strength of the apex court bench to 23.

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  1. D
    Jan 11, 2017 at 5:21 pm
    A tiny tiny community with potion of 1.7% in India and their potion has declined from 1.9% from last census has a Chief Justice of India and Air Chief Marshall. SIKHS. lt;br/gt;Muslim should learn from them. It is expected that Sikh potion will decline to less than 1% in few decades and Muslims potion to increase to 33%. lt;br/gt;Muslim need to learn from Sikhs. It is not me saying but VC OF ALIGARH MUSLIM UNIVERSITY SAYING WHO HAPPENS TO BE FORMER ARMY GENERAL.
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      Big b
      Jan 11, 2017 at 2:53 pm
      Talking to deaf modi ears
      1. S
        Jan 11, 2017 at 5:57 pm
        Is there any manpower dearth in India ? There are lot of good and talented people in judiciary but the former and present governments not interested in posting judges due to vested interest as they are unable to appoint their own men(sychopants)
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          ak dev
          Jan 11, 2017 at 4:02 pm
          CJI seems to be on the right track by saying that efforts would be made to fill up vacancies. The need of the hour is to work with the government rather than indulge in blame game as the previous CJI had done.
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            ak dev
            Jan 11, 2017 at 6:40 pm
            Unlike Muslims and Christians; Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Budhists are all part of Hinduism. Only person with sinister mind set will see them separately. Muslims will remain isolated as long as they enm oppose BJP with single point agenda of keep BJP out of political power.
            1. A
              Jan 11, 2017 at 4:11 pm
              Our govt. has waived 10,000/= crores loan of Mallaiya. Do they not have enough funds to pay for filling the shortage of judges of The Apex court? SC has been begging the govt. for so many months to fill up the existing vacancies.But, the govt. has been very adamant ,not approving this genuine demand of the Apex court. From this, you can understand the atude of our govt. The RBI recently declared that the govt. informed the Demonetisation move, just one day before announcing it. It was not consulted the after effects of this move.
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                ASHOK KUMAR
                Jan 11, 2017 at 2:49 pm
                Is there no BJP tagged judge available in Supreme Court or High Courts to be elevated as judge of Supreme Court.
                1. G
                  Jan 11, 2017 at 9:10 pm
                  A little known fact: for almost a year the collegium has failed to nominate anybody for the 8 vacancies in the Supreme Court, while they have complained about other vacancies. Le's see if the new CJI is any better.
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