Underground elements may come into system due to delay in appointment of judges: ex-SC judge

Hegde said in almost all high courts, pending vacancy of judges is 50 per cent.

By: PTI | Hyderabad | Published:October 29, 2016 3:58 pm
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Sharing Chief Justice of India T S Thakur’s concern over “delay” in appointment of judges, retired Supreme Court Judge N Santosh Hegde Saturday warned that it may lead to “all types of systems” like underground elements coming to fore for “settling” disputes. Hegde said in almost all high courts, pending vacancy of judges is 50 per cent. “As it is, there is a delay of 10 to 15 years (in disposing of cases). What will happen in the days to come? People will lose faith in the system,” he told PTI.

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“Once people lose faith in the system then all types of systems will come into existence, underground people would say they would settle the dispute, recovery of bad loans, ‘goondas’ (goons) go and take over and do so called ‘justice’,” he said.

In a scathing attack, the Supreme Court Friday said the government can not bring the judiciary to a “grinding halt” by not appointing high court judges despite the recommendations of its collegium long ago.

The government has, however, insisted that it has increased the sanctioned strength of high court judges from 906 to 1,079 and there has been no abnormal increase in the vacancies in the high courts under NDA rule.

Hegde, a former Solicitor General of India, said if the government is not agreeable to some names, they can send them back to the collegium citing reasons and the collegium would then consider it and “if it (collegium) says it (names) should be done (approved), the government is bound to accept it”.

“They (government) are now harping on MoP (Memorandum of Procedure) or something, not yet drafted. All that cannot be an excuse for the purpose of filling up of vacancies. As it is, the lot of delay is causing problems to litigants,” he said.

“It takes 10 to 15 years in the first court, second court and third court and then Supreme Court (to dispose of cases),” Hedge pointed out, adding, “by the time finality (judgement comes) is reached, people are tired of the whole exercise.”

“They (Supreme Court and government) should sit together and thrash out the problem,” he said, adding the Chief Justice had sent the names to the government three to four months back.

He said Allahabad High Court has 60 per cent vacancies, and Karnataka HC has 50 per cent.

“No high court in the country has full strength. How do you expect justice delivery to go on early? That’s the expectation of all litigants,” asked Hegde.

Taking into consideration the urgency because of the number of vacancies and consequential delay in disposal of cases, government should take some steps to at least clear pending names, asserted Hegde.

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  1. V
    Oct 29, 2016 at 1:52 pm
    Judges are behaving as if they are a parallel system. Can these judges make it public how many days in the year tbey work? The allowances and free holidays these judges take on taxoayers money? Why are these judges scared on making it pubkuc how the appointments of judges are being done?
    1. M
      Oct 29, 2016 at 2:37 pm
      The reason why BJP wants pliable judges is that when all corruption and scams happening in BJP regime come out, they want judges who will not do a commendable job as they did in the case of coal and telecom scam.
      1. B
        b khosla
        Oct 29, 2016 at 1:44 pm
        BJP wants judges with Hindutva orientation Judges certainly not secular Judges.
        1. C
          Colonel Tyagi
          Oct 29, 2016 at 5:47 pm
          How about advising the SC judges not to have underground meetings to select fellow judges and make the process fair and transparent? Why are so many corrupt elements becoming judges now-a-days? Check out youtube for stings on corrupt HC and other court judges. The corruption in judiciary has reached a ridiculously high levels. Its shameful that the CJI has lost moral right and can't ert himself and weeps in front of the public.
          1. G
            Oct 29, 2016 at 2:58 pm
            The legal system in India is corrupt and incempetent. It takes decades to convict anybody and even if that happens a convenient higher court judge can always be found to stay or vacate the judgment. If anybody is involved in a scam, our current legal system is perfect.
            1. A
              Amit Kumar
              Oct 30, 2016 at 7:31 am
              I searched on youtube and found only one sting of "corrupt judge" from Odisha. Search returned unexpected things like "people" beating up a Lokayukta judge in public in M.P. (most likely these are the self-proclaimed nationalist elements) and politicians beating up poor persons in public.
              1. K
                Oct 29, 2016 at 1:51 pm
                certainly , 50% vacancy is not created by BJP govenment. What did you do when congress was in power? Problem with judiciary is it is not transparent in appointments. Relatives of judges getting the post whether they ate qualified or not. System must be transparent before making any accusation.
                1. D
                  Devisahai Meena
                  Oct 30, 2016 at 1:44 am
                  (Present) GoI is all in one i.e Legislature , Executive and Judiciary too. Wait for mid-2019 to come .
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