‘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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First Published on: October 28, 2016 1:12 pm
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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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                    Raaaka
                    Oct 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm
                    So what ..You are sitting on crores of cases and innocent peoples are behind bars ..You are also releasing powerful people..Name any big politician you jailed in your life time..especially co ngress wala .. lt;br/gt;I think govt..is doing right.. Teaching court them a lesson... Recently SC ped some judgements which are people favouring as they know people are fed with court and its deep corruption..lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Are you boss of India ?? Who can say what ever it wants to stay ?? WHat if govt.. says court is not doing its duty on time ??
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                      kawal
                      Oct 28, 2016 at 3:52 pm
                      There is no need to increase the appointment of judges. Rather by using technology, Robbot should take place.
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                        module
                        Oct 28, 2016 at 12:21 pm
                        Appointment of judges will take time, because once they recruited or appointed, judges are going to listen the govts order or any ministers can not manites them likewise IPS/IAS/IFS. Its a matter of Law and justice system. Finding own people its very difficulty. Govt is busy with surgical strikes and Punjab-UP election, not bother, whether w country is suffering or not.
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                          Anand Mohan
                          Oct 28, 2016 at 8:12 am
                          Nothing is going to happen on ground except some more seminars and conferences on judicial delays. None cares in govt on judicial reforms except lip sympathy. If a chart of pendency of appeals in accordance with the year of filing in various high courts is uploaded on net, the people will realise the magnitude of distress. The people are languishing in jails or dismissed from services because their appeal is not heard for years in high court. And, no such chart is still in public domain. Appellants carry their guilt for years in the hope that one day high court will hear them.
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                            Anurag Srivastava
                            Oct 28, 2016 at 8:22 am
                            The Second Administrative Reforms Commission (2nd ARC)had suggested setting up of National Judicial Appointment Commission in order to bring about transparency and judiciousness in the appointment of judges. NJAC Act was prepared based on the recommendations of 2nd ARC. The Commission apart from the Chief Justice of India and Prime would have also included some other Judges, Law Minister and the Leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha.
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                              Anurag Srivastava
                              Oct 28, 2016 at 8:27 am
                              The Second Administrative Reforms Commission (2nd ARC)had suggested setting up of National Judicial Appointment Commission in order to bring about transparency and judiciousness in the appointment of judges. NJAC Act was prepared based on the recommendations of 2nd ARC. The Commission apart from the Chief Justice of India and Prime would have also included some other Judges, Law Minister and the Leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha. 2nd ARC was the baby of UPA Government. You cannot blame the NDA Government. In any case what is wrong in the recommendations.
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                                Damaru Prasad
                                Oct 28, 2016 at 11:07 am
                                Just calculate how much the aspirant judges have lost by way of bribe through hawala and other channels. The one one waiting must be cursing Modi for not clearning their appointment. Poor judges! They hardly work and are tending to blackmail government. Anyway what is the going rate of a verdict now?
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                                  Dr M
                                  Oct 28, 2016 at 11:53 am
                                  They must also remember the time taken for an ordinary'presumed guilty' person to get out of incarceration without trial or F I R or get ever eluding justice in this country as the VIP cases are considered more important
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                                    nitin
                                    Oct 28, 2016 at 11:46 am
                                    How dare the Supreme Court suggest that the Govt has been sitting over the names ?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Are they implying that honorable PM Shri Modijee has not been doing any work ?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;He is working hard 24 hours a day , non-stop ! posting tweets , uploading selfies , trying on the latest traditional designer clothes , preparing speeches , organizing song and dance nautankis to be held in some large international stadium , holding mann ki bath , writing love letters to nawaz sharif ......etc
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                                      Gopal
                                      Oct 28, 2016 at 12:17 pm
                                      The collegium is an unconsutional illegality, which now taints every appointment. The judges need to stop threatening and stop using language that only makes the bench look bad.
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                                        harun
                                        Oct 28, 2016 at 8:19 am
                                        The way BCCI and the Govt are going about is no different.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The Chief Justice intentions are honest,But there have been cases when people of his own fraternity have willingly gone on to accept Office from the very same Executive after retirement.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The system has suffered years of disease
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                                          sonu
                                          Oct 28, 2016 at 8:53 am
                                          corrupt judges have no accountability zero transparency.m there is no check on their power... while poor dont get justice ppk like kapil sibbal get it through just a call
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                                            sonu
                                            Oct 28, 2016 at 9:07 am
                                            sc put sahara chief in jail for long... he was released without fulfilling conditions for which he was in jail... so why was he released?? or why was in jail if he has to be releasedlt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;reason -- earlier his lawyer was not kapil sibbal
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