SC terms as ‘unacceptable’ vacancies in lower courts; seeks responses from HCs, states

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Monday took note of over 5,000 vacant posts of judicial officers in lower courts across the country and sought information from all the 24 high courts as also states, terming the extent of vacancies as “wholly unacceptable”.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi exercised the extra-ordinary powers of the apex court under Article 142 (power of the Supreme Court to seek enforcement of its orders) under the Constitution and directed all the 24 high courts and 36 states and Union Territories to apprise it of issues like vacancies and the time frame within which they can be filled up.

The bench, also comprising Justice S K Kaul, considered the communication between the apex court’s registry and registries of all the high courts. It said there were 22,036 posts of higher and lower judicial officers in lower courts in the country and, as on date, 5,133 posts are vacant. (AGENCIES)