At last, logjam that has a negative impact on the relationship between the Narendra Modi government and the judiciary has ended, with government started the routine of appointing 44 new judges at various high courts.
The appointment of these 44 candidates was the talk of the town in the last month or so with government initially rejecting the selections that are being done by the Supreme Court collegium.
There is no denying the fact that under former CJI S Thakur, relationship between the government and the judiciary had gone bad.
The Centre returned the candidates selected by the collegium, not once but twice. The government did not gave away despite knowing that Supreme Court has over-riding power over judicial appointments.
According to the sources, 29 of the 44 candidates are from the Allahabad High Court, followed by seven from the Calcutta High Court, six from Madras and two from Karnataka.
However, the Supreme Court has put off its plan to give promotion to Justice Ajay Kumar Mittal — who happen to be the third senior-most judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court — as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
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In terms of statistics, 24 high courts across India are working on a strength of 660 judges. The shortage of judges is creating havoc, with over 3 crore cases pending in courts across the country.