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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    Dost
    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
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        Soundar
        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.
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              amarnathrengachari
              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.
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                  Gopal
                  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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                    guru592006
                    Jan 11, 2017 at 2:52 pm
                    All the senior judges are having congress tags....
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                      kalyan
                      Jan 11, 2017 at 3:14 pm
                      50 years of rule, Congress filled their own party men as judges.??
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                        Libral Culture
                        Jan 11, 2017 at 4:25 pm
                        Modi government has choked key Insutions like Judiciary, RBI, Universities. If higher judiciary is devoid of judges, it will take heavy toll on law and justice.
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                          Libral Culture
                          Jan 11, 2017 at 4:28 pm
                          thanks for not using the word anti national. because anyone or any insution not toeing the line of modi government becomes anti national.
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                            Pmg Pillai
                            Jan 12, 2017 at 12:14 am
                            In any case when dealing in the ciurt anummeduate refrm isrequired if that is discussed nd greed the time requred to decide every cse wl be reduced whichmeans thenumber juf dgescan be asoreuce The prosecuton arh gyments omts then dece agulets andpoits in all casecan be fully decide then evdns for accptig seaking cidences are there which is sef produces enough proof A pabe may be appoited and this ytemrfred to e reduce the time rqred frech cs et datd thursdy Janauary 12th 2017 Time0440hrs ist
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                              RJ
                              Jan 11, 2017 at 10:15 pm
                              Instead of putting out empty complaints to the press, why doesn't the new CJI get moving on the MoP?
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