Chief Justice of India, Justice TS Thakur, on Monday launched a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not commenting on the appointment of judges in his Independence Day speech.
Justice Thakur said, “I listened to the PM’s speech. I had hoped he would speak on the appointment of judges. But the PM said nothing. So many cases are pending. I have repeatedly spoken to them (government) about appointment of judges.”
“I think I have reached the peak of my career, so I don’t hesitate in saying what I feel,” ANI quoted him as saying.
According to NDTV, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who also was present at the function, said the appointments were being processed.
“Our commitment to the judiciary is complete. We are in the process of finalising procedure. We are in discussion,” he said.
The sitting Chief Justice of India criticising the prime minister assumes extraordinary significance as Justice Thakur had recently slammed the central government on the same issue.
Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, said that he admired Justice Thakur’s courage and his concern for justice.
He tweeted, “I really really admire CJI’s courage, conviction and his concern for justice.”
I really really admire CJI's courage, conviction and his concern for justice
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 15, 2016
An angry Supreme Court on Friday had slammed the Narendra Modi government accusing it of “sitting over” judges’ appointments. In an unusually harsh tone, the apex court warned, “Don’t force us to pass orders to remove this logjam.”
A three-judge bench led by the Justice Thakur had told the government that since February, 75 names had been recommended as high court judges but none had been approved.
“The collegium has cleared 75 names of high court judges (for transfer/ appointment) but they have not been approved. I don’t know why, where these files are stuck,” a three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice T S Thakur said while hearing a PIL on the issue.