SC to hear please on issue of alleged delay in appointment of judges

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Monday two pleas on the issue of alleged delay by the Centre in clearing names recommended by the Collegium for appointment of judges to the top court and the high courts.

While hearing the matter on February 3, a bench headed by Justice S K Kaul had expressed displeasure over the delay in clearing recommendations for the transfer of high court judges, calling it a “very serious issue”.

Attorney General R Venkataramani had on February 3 assured the top court that the Collegium’s recommendation of December last year for the elevation of five judges to the top court will be cleared soon.

On February 6, five judges – Justices Pankaj Mithal, Sanjay Karol, P V Sanjay Kumar, Ahsanuddin Amanullah and Manoj Misra – were administered the oath of office as top court judges.

Two new top court judges – Justices Rajesh Bindal and Aravind Kumar – will be administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud on February 13.

Once these two judges will take oath, the top court will achieve its full strength of 34 judges, including the CJI, after a gap of nine months.

Meanwhile, four judges, including two who will retire later this month, were on Sunday appointed as chief justices of high courts.