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As reported by PTI, Ranjan Gogoi, CJ has written to the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi in respect to:

  • Increase in the number of Supreme Court Judges, i.e. Increase in the strength
  • Retirement Age of the High Court Judges to be 65 Years

These suggestions have been placed in regard to clearing of the backlog cases. Further stating that there is a pendency of 58,669 cases in the Supreme Court and the number was increasing due to the filing of more fresh cases.

“I request you to kindly consider, on top priority, to augment the judge-strength in the SC appropriately so that it can function more efficiently and effectively as it will go a long way to attain ultimate goal of rendering timely justice to the litigant public.” 

Another suggestion was to increase the retirement age of the Judges from 62 to 65 years in the High Court’s, as:

“One of the prime reasons why we are not able to contain the ever-growing pendency is shortage of HC judges. At present, 399 posts, or 37 per cent of sanctioned judge-strength, are vacant. The existing vacancies need to be filled immediately. However, despite best efforts put in by all stakeholders, it has not been possible to appoint judges to bring the working judge-strength anywhere close to the sanctioned judge-strength”.

“This, in turn, would help in improving the vacancy position and consequently reducing pendency of cases. This would also be in consonance with the (repeated) recommendations made by parliamentary standing committees.”

[Source: PTI]

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Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in regard to initiating the impeachment motion for removal of Justice Narayan Shukla of Allahabad High Court.

After an in-house inquiry into the matter was conducted, the report was submitted stating Justice Narayan Shukla to be guilty of committing gross judicial misconduct by not following the orders of the Supreme Court.

The matter for which Justice Narayan Shukla was found to be guilty:

Medical Council of India (MCI) case 

Justice Narayan Shukla granted permission to a private medical college to admit students despite a ban by Medical Council of India along with Supreme Court Orders for the same.

Justice Shukla, had allegedly defied the restraint orders passed by a CJI-led bench to permit private colleges to admit students for the 2017-18 academic session.

Following this, an inquiry committee was set up after which the then CJI Dipak Misra had advised Justice Shukla to either resign or take voluntary retirement to which he refused and eventually all the judicial work was taken away from Justice Shukla after which he went for a long leave.

[Source: Times of India]

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