Apprising the Supreme Court over the progress to fill in the pending vacancies in the higher courts across the country, the Centre said it has cleared 34 names out of the 77 recommended by the Collegium for appointment as judges in various high courts in the country.
No file with regard to the recommendations for appointment as judges is pending with it, told the Centre as it has sent back remaining names to the Collegium for the reconsideration.
“Out of total 77 names, 34 names have been cleared for the appointment and rest 43 recommendations have been sent back to the apex court collegium for reconsideration,” Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, told the bench headed by CJI TS Thakur and comprised justices Shiva Kirti Singh and L Nageswara Rao.
On the issue of Memorandum of Procedure (MoP), the Centre had already sent the fresh draft to the Collegium for consideration. The collegium will hold its meeting on MoP on November 15.
The apex court had earlier rapped the government for delay in appointments to higher judiciary despite recommendations made by the collegium in this regard and had said the entire institution cannot be brought to a grinding halt.
Maintaining that the appointment process “cannot be stalled” due to non-finalisation of the MoP, the court had criticised the tardy progress in processing files pertaining to judges’ appointment and even warned that it may summon the Secretaries of the PMO and the Ministry of Law and Justice to ascertain the factual position.
The Attorney General had said that non-finalisation of the MoP was one of the issues and had assured the bench that more progress will be seen in the near future on the appointment of judges.
(With inputs from the PTI)