The Supreme Court Thursday sought Centre’s response on a PIL seeking a direction for doubling the number of judges as recommended by the Law Commission.
A bench led by Chief Justice T S Thakur issued notices to the Ministry of Law & Justice and Ministry of Finance on a plea filed by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay.
The PIL has also sought a direction to implement the resolution of the advisory council of the National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms.
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A fortnight ago, Justice Thakur had made an impassioned plea to the government to help upgrade judicial infrastructure and start addressing the glaring problem of shortage of judges. These, he said, were vital to the country’s future given the government’s emphasis on“Make in India and Invest in India”. Later on May 9, had said the courts require more than 70,000 judges to clear the pending cases.