Supreme Court: Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the demand to double the number of judges

Supreme Court News: The Supreme Court has refused to hear the demand to double the number of judges in the courts of the country. CJI DY Chandrachud has said that compensation will have to be taken for wasting the court’s time due to such a petition. He said that Public Interest Litigation is not a solution to every problem. He also said that the situation today is that people are not available to fill all the vacancies in the High Court. 

A bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud refused to hear the demand to double the number of judges in the country.  The court told the petitioner that it is difficult to fill the sanctioned strength of 160 judges in the Allahabad High Court and you have to appoint 320 judges there.

‘Have you ever been to Bombay High Court?’

Chief Justice asked petitioner and lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay, have you ever been to Bombay High Court? Due to lack of infrastructure, not a single judge can be promoted there. Increasing the number of judges is not the solution to the problem. He also said that Public Interest Litigation is not necessary for every problem. 

SC refused to hear the demand to double the number of judges in the country. CJI said- damages should be imposed for wasting court’s time with this petition. PIL was not the solution to every problem. Today’s situation is that these people are not available to fill the vacant posts in HC.

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The court said that you should try to fill the current number of judges. The Chief Justice asked the petitioner how many lawyers wanted to become judges. He also said that research should have been done before filing this petition.

Speaking on this, the petitioner Upadhyay compared the good situation in America. To this, the CJI said that the US Supreme Court would not entertain or even hear such a petition. Every bad thing you see cannot be a reason to file a PIL. Try to appoint judges to existing vacancies. Then you will realize how difficult it is, said the Chief Justice.

Upadhyay, a BJP leader and a lawyer, had filed a petition in the Supreme Court demanding doubling of the number of judges in the high and lower courts and increased resources.

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