The Government on Friday informed the Supreme Court that it has reverted 43 names out of 77 which suggested by collegium for appointment as judges in High Courts.
The government has raised objections against the elevation of the names.
Attorney General Mukul Rohtagi informed the bench which is led by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur that 34 appointments have been done but 43 names have been sent back. “So as on date, there is not a single file pending with us,” the AG submitted.
Earlier, Chief Justice of India (CJI) has said that the collegium in the Supreme Court has been very careful with putting the names for the appointment of judges in high Courts and 50 percent of the names had already been discarded so that no one could negate the choices. However, the government while raising objection has sent back 43 names back for reconsideration.
The bench will take up the matter next week, bench decided to verify from the records after AG informed about the same.
The AG noted that new Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) was yet to be formulated and that the government had not heard from the top court’s collegium after it send a revised draft on August 3. To this, the bench told that it will look into the matter and some development might take place before the next date of hearing.
The bench questioned the central government that if they wanted the entire judicial system to be “locked out”. The apex court asserted that it “cannot allow the executive to decimate the system” by what it called was its “inaction, inefficiency or unwillingness” to appoint judges.
Striking the government for delaying the process of appointing judges despite clearance by the collegium nine months ago, the bench said that the government can neither “scuttle the working of the institution” nor be allowed “to bring the entire system to a grinding halt”.