The Supreme Court has taken note of 327 vacancies, out of total sanctioned strength of 1,369 judicial officers in lower courts in Tamil Nadu, and passed directions to fill these posts in a time-bound manner.
A bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Misra took note of submissions of Additional Advocate General (AAG) Amit Anand Tiwari, appearing for the state government, that steps are being taken to fill up posts of district judges, senior civil judges and junior civil judges in the state.
“The process to fill up these vacancies has to be completed in a time-bound manner,” the CJI said on November 9.
The top court, dealing with a 2006 plea relating to the improvement of judicial infrastructure including filling up of vacancies in lower judiciary across the country, passed a slew of directions on the issue pertaining to Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
The bench took note of the submissions of senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, who is assisting it as an amicus curiae, and also perused the report submitted by the Madras High Court on the number of vacancies and steps taken to fill them up.
As per the October 11 report of the registrar general of the high court, the total sanctioned strength of judicial officers in the state is 1,369 and they are in the cadre of district judge, senior civil judge and junior civil judge.