The Centre has cleared the decks to elevate five serving judicial officers as judges in the Delhi High Court, brushing aside its objections to two names. The files of appointment were processed in fast-track mode hours after Chief Justice of India T S Thakur made it clear that the Supreme Court “cannot allow the executive to decimate the system” by what it called “inaction, inefficiency or unwillingness” to appoint judges. The Indian Express has learnt that the names of the five judicial officers in the Delhi district courts reached the President on Monday for issuance of warrant — the final step in appointing a judge after his name is cleared by the collegium and then by the executive. The apex court had questioned if the government wanted the entire judicial system to be “locked out” while making it clear that the government can neither “scuttle the working of the institution” nor be allowed “to bring the entire system to a grinding halt”.
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