Centre not delaying appointment of judges in higher judiciary, says SC

NEW DELHI: The Centre has not been delaying the appointment of judges in higher judiciary and delay, if any, was at the collegium end, the Supreme Court said on Friday.

The Apex Court was hearing a PIL filed by NGO ‘Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) which has alleged that the Centre has been “indefinitely sitting” on the names recommended by the Supreme Court collegium for appointment of judges in the higher judiciary.

“Appointments are happening. As the Chief Justice, I am telling you that whatever is pending is pending before the Supreme Court collegium. Nothing is pending with the Government,” a bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said.

Most of the recommendations with regard to appointment of judges in high courts were pending with the collegium headed by the CJI, it said. (AGENCIES)