New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday expressed displeasure over non-filling of vacancies on the tribunals throughout the nation and mentioned the way in which appointments have been made clearly indicates “cherry picking” of names.
The prime requested the Centre to make appointments inside two weeks to the tribunals that are going through extreme crunch of presiding officers in addition to judicial and technical members, and apprise it of causes if individuals from the really useful listing are neglected in the method.
A bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices D Y Chandrachud and L Nageswara Rao mentioned the situation is pitiable on the tribunals due to the vacancies and the litigants can’t be left in the lurch.
“The appointment letters which have been issued clearly indicate they have selected cherry picking three names from the select list and others from the waitlist, ignoring others in the select list. In service law, you can’t go to the waitlist ignoring the select list. What kind of selection and appointment is this?” the bench requested the Attorney General Okay Okay Venugopal.
Venugopal assured the bench that the Centre would make appointments in two weeks to the tribunals from the listing of individuals really useful by the search and choice committee.
Senior advocate Arvind datar mentioned that for the ITAT, the search cum choice committee chosen 41 folks however solely 13 have been chosen on foundation which “we don’t know”.
“This is nothing new. Every time it is the same story,” the bench mentioned.
The CJI mentioned the Supreme Court judges undertook an elaborate train to shortlist the names in the course of the COVID and your complete efforts are going in useless.
“We travelled across the country. We spent a lot of time. During Covid, your government requested us to conduct interviews as early as possible. We wasted so much time,” the CJI expressed exasperation.
The CJI mentioned that as per the most recent appointment the members can have a tenure of just one 12 months and mentioned, “Which judge will go to join this job for one year?”
On the problem of non-acceptance of names really useful by the choice committee, Venugopal mentioned the federal government has the ability not to settle for the suggestions made.
“We are a democratic country in which rule of law is followed and we are working under the Constitution. You can’t say that I don’t accept,” the CJI mentioned.
“What is the sanctity of the process if the government has the last word? Selection committee undertakes an elaborate process to short-list the names,” the bench mentioned.
There are round 250 posts mendacity vacant in varied key tribunals and appellate tribunals throughout the nation.
The prime courtroom was listening to a clutch of petitions on the problem of vacancies in tribunals and the brand new legislation governing quasi judicial our bodies.
#Note-Author Name – Press Trust of India