The Supreme Court came down hard on the Centre over judicial appointments saying it can’t bring the entire institution ‘to a grinding halt’ by not making the appointments. The court said it would summon secretaries in PMO and justice department if judicial appointments are not fast-tracked.
“For nine months, you have been sitting over names. We can’t let you scuttle the system,” the bench told the government. It also informed the government that it can’t stall appointment of judges awaiting a new Memorandum of Procedure (MoP).
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who has sought time till November 11, promised the court that there is no deadlock from the government’s side and that the processing of names will be faster if a new MoP is finalised.
Earlier this month, the government had assured the top court that it will process on “top priority” the proposals relating to appointment of judges that have been pending for more than three months despite being cleared by the collegium. Rohatgi had then submitted two such status reports, disclosing that 26 names had been cleared by the government for appointment as judges in high courts. The list included 16 appointments in Madras High Court, five in Kerala, three in Chhattisgarh and two in Jharkhand high courts.