Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on 70th Independence Day from the rampant of Red Fort. Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said he is a little disappointed that PM did not mention the appointment of judges in his speech.
In his speech after hoisting the national flag at the Supreme Court, Thakur said Prime Minister had mentioned a lot of things but left out the pending topic of appointment of judges to higher courts. CJI’s address further escalated a contentious issue between the judiciary and the executive.
He said the issue was hampering the functioning of the judiciary with courts taking ten years to clear cases. CJI Thakur recited a shayari to claim his point, where he request PM to give attention to the judiciary system too.
He further added, “I think I have reached the peak of my career, so I don't hesitate in saying what I feel. We heard the speech and were hoping that there would be something on appointment of judges.”
The Chief Justice's remark comes three days after a bench headed by him lashed out at the government almost accusing it of bringing the judiciary to a standstill by stalling the appointment of judges to high courts.
Relations between the two arms of the state have been reportedly frayed since the apex court struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Bill last year. A few months ago the CJI also showed his anguishing condition publicly at a conference of all chief justices of high courts.