New Delhi: In an effort to end the prolonged stand-off with the government over judicial appointments, the Centre on Monday cleared the names of ten judges to be appointed in the Guwahati and the Delhi High Courts.
According to a report, the government is also mulling recommendations for 35 judges in the Allahabad High Court, after the SC took a dig at the Centre on Friday, wondering if it wanted to lock down the judiciary.
In a terse statement, the court on Friday said that the Centre cannot allow the executive to decimate the judicial system. The three-judge bench had held that the appointment process ‘cannot be stalled’ due to non-finalisation of the Memorandum of Procedure (MoP) and criticised the tardy progress in processing files pertaining to judges' appointment.
The five appointments in the Delhi High Court are reportedly from the judicial service while the five appointments in the Guwahati High Court are sourced from the bar association and the judicial commission.
During the vetting process, the Law Ministry had earlier expressed objections to two of the five names that were forwarded by the collegium. It cited ‘adverse reports’ on the judges' reputations by the Intelligence Bureau....