‘Courts lying vacant without judges’: CJI TS Thakur lambasts Centre

Stating that there are 500 judges’ posts lying vacant in High Courts, Thakur said that courtrooms are lying vacant without judges.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Updated: November 26, 2016 4:05 pm
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Taking on the Centre for sitting over appointments of High Court judges, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur on Saturday asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government’s attitude was lackadaisical from the very issue of filling vacancies to providing adequate infrastructure. Stating that there are 500 judges’ posts lying vacant in High Courts, Thakur said that courtrooms are lying vacant without judges. He further said that in principle, the judiciary was not against the formation of Tribunals because it would relieve court duties, but the problem arose from the lack of adequate infrastructure provided to the Tribunals.

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“Tribunals are not equipped and are lying empty. Today a situation has come that when no retired Supreme Court judge wants to head the Tribunal. I am pained to send my retired colleagues there. Government is not ready to give proper facilities. Vacancy apart from infrastructure is a major concern for the Tribunal,” Thakur said.

Meanwhile, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that Thakur’s views were not personal since he spoke as the head of an institution, adding that the judiciary was helpless because even though it has vast powers, the actualisation of those powers and directives depends on the executive government.

The Centre and the top court have been at war since the Supreme Court struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act, which was brought in to end more than 20-year-old practice of judges appointing judges under the collegium system, with government having no say in the process.

Earlier, the Centre had conveyed to Supreme Court that it had returned to the collegium or its reconsideration of 43 of the 77 names recommended for the appointment of judges in various High Courts and that the remaining 34 have been appointed as judges.

On October 28, the apex court had lashed out at the NDA government for failing to appoint judges in various High Courts despite the collegium clearing some of the names more than nine months ago, in which a livid Thakur told Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi, “You can as well close down the courts. Close down justice”.

“Today we have a situation where courtrooms are locked because there are no judges. For example, Karnataka where one floor is shut. Why don’t you lock the courts and lock out justice? Executive inaction is decimating the institution,” the CJI had said.

Addressing a joint conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices of High Courts earlier in April, Justice Thakur had made an emotional plea to the government to help upgrade judicial infrastructure and start addressing the glaring problem of shortage of judges.

The CJI broke down in front of the Prime Minister and said in a choked voice that he regretted “inaction” on the government’s part in strengthening judicial infrastructure and increasing the judge-population ratio to tackle the “avalanche” of cases.

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    Albert Colaco
    Nov 26, 2016 at 5:12 pm
    This is blackmail! Modi govt wants committed judiciary. God help this nation km
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      David
      Nov 26, 2016 at 11:10 am
      Corrupt man, who bailed out many corrupt individuals. He is trying to induct many corrupt and criminal individuals into the system.
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        Rajeev
        Nov 26, 2016 at 12:10 pm
        If honest judges are appointed, Salman khan and his counter parts will not feel happy , CJI is a big Salman fan I guess.
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          Francis
          Nov 26, 2016 at 9:59 am
          Since he himself is corrupt, he is trying to push more corrupt individuals into the system, without going through transparent selection process.
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            Ganesh
            Nov 26, 2016 at 9:03 am
            It appears he is trying to blackmail the government saying if the government does not appoint his list of corrupt candidates as judges, he would invalidate the demonitisation order of the government.
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              Hariharan
              Nov 26, 2016 at 8:25 am
              That is not an excuse for you to push corrupt and criminal individuals as judges. First bring transparency in selection of judges. Why are you opposing the government move to bring transparency and honesty in the selection of judges?
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                Nh
                Nov 26, 2016 at 9:44 am
                He will soon replaced with a gujju
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                  Jim
                  Nov 26, 2016 at 8:53 am
                  CJI struck down NJAC and now cribbing at the failure of previous method which was flop
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                    Jay
                    Nov 26, 2016 at 8:55 am
                    We do not want corrupt judges who protect criminals by giving instant bail. On the one hand you claim that there is shortage of judges, on the other hand we find that rich and mighty criminals can get relief and bails in a matter of hours. How?
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                      Kulmohan Singh
                      Nov 26, 2016 at 11:47 am
                      Where CJI complains has every right to complain about judges posts lying vacant, he also has a duty to answer as to why the judges who worked and took ries over the years failed to give justice to victims of 1984 riots ?
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                        Lalitha
                        Nov 26, 2016 at 10:14 am
                        Inside Italian mafia lady den: Mafia lady: "Most of our hard looted money in cash has become worthless because govt banned 500 1000 notes." Kerjiwl, Congi Agent: "Madam, as usual I made wild allegation without evidence that Modi is corrupt, but no one believes me anymore". Economist turned slave dog: "Madam, as instructed by you I told the house that demonitisation is organised loot. But since we were the real organised looters and thieves, people ociate the term loot with us". 2G Zero Loss theorist: "I can tell our agent to declare that demonitisation is unconsutional." Mafia lady: "Ok, tell him, he is the one who can save our corrupt black money".
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                          Raj
                          Nov 26, 2016 at 12:07 pm
                          Why can't the CJI agree to a transparent selection process for judges? Everywhere else in the country we go through a compeive selection process. Obviously these corrupt judges don't want any scrutiny and want to help their own. Blaming government and others is a smokelt;br/gt;Screen
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                            Rajib Nath
                            Nov 26, 2016 at 9:12 am
                            If you think govt. Is wrong go on punish them. Stop making populist statements in public. Give your decisions only in court please.
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                              Rajib Nath
                              Nov 27, 2016 at 8:50 am
                              Most of our aam aadmi is corrupt, dot you forget. We like breaking every possible rule. We want to continue the tradition of black money. Politicians and judiciary are just the representation of what common man are. We elect the corrupt to power.
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                                Srinath Sri
                                Nov 26, 2016 at 9:40 am
                                Don't take this man's words seriously.... He is just a spokesperson of........
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                                  SubbuI
                                  Nov 26, 2016 at 12:42 pm
                                  DICTATOR AND NALAYAK HITLE TUGHLAQ COMBINE NMODI WILL FINISH JUDICARY AND FREE PRESS LIKE ANY THIRD RATE DICTATOR AND RULE INDIA TO MAKE IT SAMPOORNA HINDU RASHTRA AND ANY OTHER RELEIGEN FOLLOWERS MUST LIVE LIKE 2ND GRADE CITIZEN. lt;br/gt;CJI THAKUR WILL BE REDICULED BY HIS BAKTHS AND SANGHIS lt;br/gt;DAYA ARE NOT FAR WHEN THERE WILL BElt;br/gt;NO COURTlt;br/gt;NO CASElt;br/gt;NO ARGUEMENTlt;br/gt;NO APPEAL lt;br/gt;ONLY SUPREME ORDERlt;br/gt;FOLLOW OR PERISH.GREAT INDIA IS SLOWLY MOVING TOWARS THAT. BEWARE
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                                    V4vendetta
                                    Nov 26, 2016 at 9:45 am
                                    the best way to tackle the cases is reduce the burden and illegal laws ( 498a, DV, flase rape charges of years of living together) and consequent cases - ensure the laws formulated by govt are right. make marriage and divorce as pvt laws. you dont need a permission to marry , you dont need a permission to divorce. make children custody 50/50. no spousal support- why do yuo have pay for someone? are they so useless worthless that they cant make their own living?
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                                      Van
                                      Nov 26, 2016 at 8:42 am
                                      Cheap Justice.
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                                        Vivan
                                        Nov 26, 2016 at 5:52 pm
                                        Modi Government want RSS leaning Judges in the panel and courts.
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                                          Nanjundappa
                                          Nov 26, 2016 at 12:30 pm
                                          Brahmin dogs want status quo, because it suits well for their AGENDA.
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                                            ak dev
                                            Nov 26, 2016 at 10:35 am
                                            This CJI is a politician and discrediting the post of CJI. He speaks half truths just like politicians speak. Did he tell how many names he has sent for appointment and how many are waiting. Is this figure 500? As per law minister this years appointment figure is higher than previous years. Also what about the judges appointment for lower courts where central government has no role. This CJI is simply a joker and doesn't deserve to CJI.
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