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CJI disappointed with PM Modi for skipping issues of judiciary in I-Day speech

The Centre and the judiciary have been at loggerheads in recent times on finalisation of the Memorandum of Procedure which deals with the appointment of judges in High Courts and the Supreme Court.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: August 15, 2016 4:11 pm
CJI, Chief Justice of India, T S Thakur, hens, chicken, chickens, chicken health, chicken healthy, poultry, non vegetarian, Animal Welfare, Animal Welfare office, india news “I think I have reached the peak of my career, so I don’t hesitate in saying what I feel. So, I should speak the truth which touches your hearts… We heard speeches by the popular Prime Minister, the Law Minister and was expecting something about justice and judges’ appointments,” Chief Justice of India T S Thakur said.

Chief Justice of India T S Thakur on Monday expressed dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi not mentioning the problems faced by the judiciary in his speech on the occasion of 70th Independence Day, and said he was expecting some words about the judges’ appointments.

“I think I have reached the peak of my career, so I don’t hesitate in saying what I feel. So, I should speak the truth which touches your hearts… We heard speeches by the popular Prime Minister, the Law Minister and was expecting something about justice and judges’ appointments.

“Cases used to get decided within 10 years under British rule but even that is not happening now. The number of cases and people’s expectation have risen so substantially that it is becoming difficult to achieve the objective now. That is why I have time and again requested the Prime Minister to pay attention towards this aspect,” the CJI, who had recently made an emotional appeal to the PM in this regard at a function, said.

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, said that the appointment of judges would go ahead irrespective of whether new Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) was in place or not.

Prasad said the absence of MoP would not come in the way of the appointment of judges to higher judiciary.

The Centre and the judiciary have been at loggerheads in recent times on finalisation of the Memorandum of Procedure which deals with the appointment of judges in High Courts and the Supreme Court.

The collegium had questioned the Centre’s right to reject its recommendation on grounds of national interest and had asked it to change certain other clauses.

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The clause on the right to reject a recommendation on national interest is contrary to the current practice where the government is bound to accept a recommendation by the collegium, comprising the CJI and four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court, if it reiterates the same.

Recently, an apex-court bench headed by the CJI had given a stern message to the Centre over non-execution of the collegium’s decision to transfer and appoint Chief Justices and judges in High Courts and said that it would not tolerate “logjam in judges’ appointment” and would intervene to “fasten accountability” as justice delivery system was “collapsing”.

In a function organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association on 70th Independence Day, the CJI said unemployment is a major challenge today and “freedom in real sense is freedom from unemployment and exploitation.

“When we pay homage to our martyrs who lost lives for the sake of the country we should introspect and examine how much we have lived up to their ideals,” he said.

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    Lakshminarayanan
    Aug 15, 2016 at 11:27 am
    Very Unfortunate that the successive goverments ignore the needs of Judiciary. Deeply suspect that the is to prevent speedy delivery of Justice? For a common man getting a Justice means he will have to spare his entire life time. very particularly if the opposite guy is rich no need to say!!!!! he will have to fight from sub court to supreme court!!!
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      Dr Sabyasachi
      Aug 19, 2016 at 5:50 am
      Can anyone help the Chief justice of India in completing this data at Supreme and High Court Level:-lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;1) Number of cases filed per year at 1951,1961,1971,1981,1991,2001,2011lt;br/gt;2) Number of cases disposed per year at 1951,1961,1971,1981,1991,2001,2011lt;br/gt;3) Number of cases pending at year end at 1951,1961,1971,1981,1991,2001,2011lt;br/gt;4) Clearance rate (ratio of cases disposed to cases filed)lt;br/gt; at 1951,1961,1971,1981,1991,2001,2011lt;br/gt;5) Congestion rate (pending and filed over resolved)lt;br/gt; at 1951,1961,1971,1981,1991,2001,2011lt;br/gt;6) Average duration of each case at 1951,1961,1971,1981,1991,2001,2011lt;br/gt;7) Number of judge per 10,00,000 inhabitants lt;br/gt; at 1951,1961,1971,1981,1991,2001,2011lt;br/gt;8) Workings hours of respectives Judges at 1951,1961,1971,1981,1991,2001,2011lt;br/gt;9) Total Holidays of respectives Judges at 1951,1961,1971,1981,1991,2001,2011lt;br/gt;10) ets of respectives Judges on appointment and at Retirementlt;br/gt;............and the list can go onlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Believe me the Chief Justice or none can reply as it would expose the Truth behind the crocodile tears within the functioning of Judiciary at the higest level.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jai Hind...Jai Bharat
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        Dr Sabyasachi
        Aug 19, 2016 at 6:48 am
        I hope the Media understands the need of the Hour and not only the TRP RATINGS and call for an actual National Debate on the JUDICIARY, ITS FUNCTIONING AND ITS STATUTORY OBLIGATION TO THE MOTHERLAND...lt;br/gt;The common men are the sufferers... Stand on your feet for once if you call yourselves the Fourth Pillar of Democracy. Please do not be a silent spectator.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jai Hind….. Jai Bharatlt;br/gt;Dr. Sabyasachi Dutt
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          Dr Sabyasachi
          Aug 19, 2016 at 5:54 am
          The Judiciary is becoming an Autocratic and Dictatorial insution to preserve its legacy of protection within itself and not for being a protector of the Consution of India and its primary consuents i.e. for the people of India.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is further slowly but surely becoming Anti- Democratic i.e. going against the people of the Motherland. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jai Hind...Jai Bharatlt;br/gt;Dr. Sabyasachi Dutt
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            Dr Sabyasachi
            Aug 19, 2016 at 6:08 am
            The “Indian Express” must call for a National Debate on JUDICIARY, ITS FUNCTIONING AND ITS STATUTORY OBLIGATION TO THE MOTHERLAND.lt;br/gt;Panels should include not only guests from the Legal Fraternity but from across professions. Media can and is the only Insution which can expose the corrective surgeries needed to clean the mess within the walls of Judiciary and its Corrupt Masters and the tyrants of a modern Society.lt;br/gt;Change of one CJI to another is not a solution….the mindset has to change …… The System in and within Judiciary has to change for it to continue as a protector of the Consution of India.lt;br/gt;No one is above Law ....not even the Judges.......and they cannot claim immunity for their mistakes.... fact Judges should and must be made more accountable and even more when their Integrity is questioned. There cannot be any mercy shown to Corrupt and Tarnished Judges.lt;br/gt;It is so easily said that ignorance of Law is not a pretext for not knowing and to follow Law……when it concerns common man…but the Judges who are supposed to be The Lawman should be punished most heavily proportionate to their mistakes…no immunity.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Jai Hind…Jai Bharatlt;br/gt;Dr.Sabyasachi Dutt
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