Almost fifteen days after Chief Justice of India T S Thakur turned emotional in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on immense workload on judges, he said country needs at least 70,000 judges to clear the backlog of cases, which have not been cleared in courts for years.
"The country is managing with just 18,000 judges," Thakur said in Cuttack on Sunday.
Speaking at a programme in Cuttack, Justice Thakur expressed concerns over shortage of judges and delay in their appointment process.
CJI said the government should accelerate the process of filling up vacancies for speedy delivery of justice.
Justice is a fundamental right, and no government can afford to deny it to people, added the CJI.
Justice Thakur urged lawyers to dream big and uphold the rule of law by protecting rights of people.