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Govt Clears 34 Out Of 77 As High Court Judges, Return 43 Names

Govt Clears 34 Out Of 77 As High Court Judges, Return 43 Names

Out of the 77 names recommended by the collegium, the Central Government on Friday cleared 34 for appointment as high court judges. The government returned 43 names.

The appointment of judges has been a point of argument between the Centre and judiciary for quite long.

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The Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the court that not a single file on appointment of judges is pending with the government. The fresh Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) draft sent by government to the court on August 3 is yet to receive reply, the Attorney General added.

The apex court had earlier slammed the Centre for not appointing judges to various high courts despite recommendations made by collegium in this regard.

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These appointments assume significance considering that the country’s largest high court accounts for about 25 per cent of nearly 40 lakh cases pending in all 24 high courts and would have helped bring down vacancies from a high of 83 to 48, improving the bench strength to 112.

Annoyed by the inordinate delay in notifying appointments, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur had during the last hearing warned the government of passing an order and “fastening accountability” if the logjam continued which, he said, stifled judicial work.