Rahul targets PM Modi on SC’s anguish over vacancies

RSTV Bureau
File Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Chief Justice of India TS Thakur during the inauguration of  Joint Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, April 25, 2016. Photo-

File Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi shakes hands with Chief Justice of India TS Thakur during the inauguration of Joint Conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, April 25, 2016.
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A day after Supreme Court expressed its displeasure at the Centre over pending vacancies in the High Courts, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi targeted Prime Minister, calling the top court’s scathing observations as “reality check” for the PM.

“Reality check from Supreme Court for the PM: No Govt of Modi, by Modi, for Modi,” Rahul Gandhi shared his views on his official Twitter handle.

The Supreme Court had on Friday sent a stern message to the Centre that it will not tolerate the “logjam” and would intervene to make it accountable.

“We won’t tolerate logjam in judges’ appointment which is stifling its judicial work. We will fasten accountability,” Chief Justice TS Thakur had said observing that justice delivery system is “collapsing”.

“Why there is mistrust? Where’s the proposal languishing? 75 names have been recommended by the Collegium but there seems to be no response. Even appointments of Chief Justices are pending,” the CJI added.

The bench, during the brief hearing, said that people are in jail for 13-14 years and judicial vacancies are mounting.

“Transfer of judges are pending. The judges who have been transferred are not being transferred. We don’t want all these. This logjam is not good,” the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said.

The Supreme Court also assured the Attorney General that it can always take up the matter if it has any reservation against any names. “If there is problem with regard to any name, please send the file back to us (for reconsideration),” the bench said.

The apex court expressed its anguish on a day when the government informed Rajya Sabha that 478 vacancies are yet to be filled up in 24 high courts and that nearly 39 lakh cases are pending there.

Giving out the reasons behind pendency of cases, MoS Law PP Chaudhary had in a written response told the house that increased impact of state and central legislations, accumulation of first appeals, vacancies of judges, frequent adjournments were the main causes for pending cases.

(With inputs from the PTI)