New Delhi, October 29: Supreme Court while expressing anguish towards government over delaying appointments of high court judges despite many recommendations said “Government should not make appointing judges an ego issue.” The Congress party on Saturday called on the Centre to take a call on the issue immediately as it was denying people justice by keeping these positions vacant.
Chief Justice T S Thakur criticizing the government said, “Why don’t you lock the courts and lock out justice? Executive inaction is decimating the institution; you cannot bring the entire institution (of judiciary) to a grinding halt.”
“In the Karnataka HC, an entire floor of courts is locked because there are no judges. Once we had a situation where we had judges but no court rooms, but now, there are courtrooms and no judges,” Thakur further added.
Congress party leader Anand Sharma said that the Narendra Modi-led Centre cannot escape its responsibility. “One year was lost because this matter was before the Constitution bench, but after December 2015, the government has been dragging its feet. Non agreement on a supplement Memorandum of Procedure for appointment of judges cannot be an excuse for keeping these positions vacant and denying people access to justice and undermining the justice delivery system,” Sharma said.
Further the court asked the government to resolve on the next hearing date on November 11. The tussle between Centre and the apex court have begun since Supreme Court struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act.