New Delhi: Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur on Monday expressed his disappointment at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day address, saying he was hoping that there would be a mention of the appointment of judges in his speech.
Asserting that he had reached the peak of his career and was “not afraid to speak his mind,” the CJI, who hoisted the tri-colour on the Supreme Court lawns, called on the prime minister to take action for the sake of justice for the people, who had great expectations from the nation’s legal system.
“I was hoping that there would be talks about justice, about the appointment of judges. These days, cases are piling up and so are people’s expectations, which is making things very difficult. Which is why I have time and again made this request that attention be given to this matter as well,” he said.
The Supreme Court on Friday had criticised the government accusing it of “sitting over” judges’ appointments. The apex court stated that 75 names of high court judges had been cleared, but had not been approved.
The CJI asked Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi to give an answer about this delay in appointment of judges as recommended by the collegium. “Don’t force us to pass orders to remove logjam,” the CJI said. “The vacancies in high courts have increased to 43% when the pendency in high courts has reached to four million cases. If the government has any objection on the names, it should be sent back to the collegiums with relevant matter, but the process can’t be stalled,” the court observed.
Meanwhile, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that he admired the CJI’s concern for justice.