Now if there is a delay then it will not be good… Supreme Court told the government on the transfer of judges
The Supreme Court on Friday lashed out at the central government regarding the appointment and transfer of judges. The court warned the Center on delay in approving the transfer of High Court judges recommended by the collegium, saying “both administrative and judicial action can be taken, which will not be pleasant”. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Abhay S. Oka’s bench asked Attorney General R.K. Told Venkataramani, don’t let us take any stand that would be very inconvenient. Keeping the transfer of judges pending is a serious issue, the court said. Justice Kaul observed that transfer is a very serious issue and cautioned against third party interference in the process. He told the AG that sometimes the government does it overnight and sometimes it takes more time, there is no uniformity. The court said that transfers of chief justices are also pending.
‘Don’t force us to take a tough stand’
The bench orally told the AG, we have to take a difficult decision. Don’t force us to take a tough stand. The top court insisted, this has been happening! But when will this happen? Things haven’t been happening for years. During the hearing, advocate Amit Pai, appearing for the petitioner, said that the court is being attacked from outside. Justice Kaul said, we are used to it. Rest assured that this does not bother us. It’s officers know where to go. The bench listed the matter for further hearing on February 13.
The AG said that the recommendations made for the appointment of five judges of the Supreme Court would be approved soon. On December 13, 2022, the apex court collegium comprising Justices Pankaj Mithal, Sanjay Karol, P.V. Sanjay Kumar, Ahsanuddin Amanullah and Manoj Mishra were recommended for appointment to the Supreme Court. On January 31, the Collegium also recommended elevation of Allahabad High Court Chief Justice Justice Rajesh Bindal and Gujarat High Court Chief Justice Arvind Kumar as judges of the apex court.