‘For 9 months, you have been sitting over names’: Supreme Court raps Centre on appointment of judges

The Attorney General, 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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 28, 2016 1:16 pm
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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.

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    Chander Pal
    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:13 pm
    It's a miracle how a cm is arrested on corruption charges after 21 years of litigation and within few weeks every one agreed that a calculation mistake and so the cm comes back. A Bollywood hero s arrested again after 15 years and within a couple of days is set free for a new 'development'. Now this is a common knowledge that when big names are defending even judges listen.
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      Scoundrel.Chanakyans
      Oct 28, 2016 at 7:54 am
      The delay is deliberate to force SC to agree to terms set by BJP on appointment of judges. After all delays in judgements are nothing unusual. So the cronies and chanakyan advisors want to giggle a little.
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        It
        Oct 28, 2016 at 7:52 am
        Who said FEKU was an able administrator? He is an efficient HUMAN BUTCHER!
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          Blah.blah
          Oct 28, 2016 at 8:14 am
          How gracious of you to accept you are a Brahmin dog.
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            GGG
            Oct 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm
            Baby talk. How young are you?
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              Sudeep Sharma
              Oct 28, 2016 at 8:22 am
              Look how many dog bhakts are supporting delay in appointments of judges:
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                Sudeep Sharma
                Oct 28, 2016 at 8:20 am
                Why do BJP bhakts are brainless and cannot think anything using logic.
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                  Shafi
                  Oct 28, 2016 at 10:22 am
                  Judiciary is a bright spot of India, at least in ensuring some governmental accountability if not for serving the common man, and don't hand over its operation to the government to liken the position of the judges to that of governors. This government has done worse than any other governments including Indira hi to throttle the function of the judiciary. Modis negotiation with the judiciary by starving the courts without sufficient judges is bad governance and autocracy iof highest order.
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