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GS Paper II- International Relations.

Govt. delays judges’ appointments: CJI

What’s Happening-
Tripura High Court Chief Justice T. Vaiphei has a unique problem in his court, prompting him to write to the Supreme Court.
The High Court has only three judges. Though it has a sanctioned strength of four judges, one post has been lying vacant.

Key Points discussed were:

  • Chief Justice Vaiphei wrote to the Supreme Court, saying if a litigant wants one of the sitting judges to recuse from hearing his case, justice delivery would become a casualty.
  • The court found that there are at least 26 cases caught in this quandary.
  • During the open-court hearing on Chief Justice Vaiphei’s urgent letter Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar raked up how delay in filling up judicial vacancies in High Courts have put justice delivery mechanism in a tight spot.
  • Justice Khehar pointed out to Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi that the collegium hardly takes time to recommend names for filling judicial vacancies, it is the government which delays the process.
  • The court has now asked the Registrar-General of the Tripura High Court to find out in two weeks as to how many of these litigants in the 26 cases would like to transfer their cases to the neighbouring Gauhati High Court.

solutions:
Attorney-General Mr. Rohatgi suggested transferring a judge from another High Court to fill the vacancy in Tripura as a long-term measure.
The Bench asked the Government to consider passing a directive under Article 224A of the Statute.

Background-
The Bench asked the Government to consider passing a directive under Article 224A of the Statute.

Sources-The Hindu, The Indian Express. Page 26