Ahmedabad, Sept 17: Amidst a face off between the judiciary and the union government over the appointment of judges, Chief Justice of India, T S Thakur wished Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday on Saturday.
Justice Thakur who is in Gujarat on a two day visit, met Modi at the Raj Bhavan on Saturday morning and wished him on his birthday.
The Prime Minister, tweeted, "Met CJI Shri Thakur. I thank him for his wishes." Although not many read much into this, it is still being seen as a nice gesture on part of the CJI who seeks to put the judiciary-centre face off controversy to rest.
Met CJI Shri Thakur. I thank him for his kind wishes. pic.twitter.com/1ElNIgoP1m— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 17, 2016
Over the past few months a lot has been said and written about the appointment of judges to the higher judiciary. The judiciary has been blaming the centre of not acting fast on the appointment of judges.
Justice Thakur had made his displeasure known publicly on two occasions. The first time was in court when he lost his cool and hit out at the centre for trying and stall appointments. He even went on to say that he would have to issue a judicial order if the centre did not buck up.
The second time was during an independence day address at the Supreme Court. He had said that he was disappointed that the Prime Minister during the Red Fort address had not spoken about the appointment of judges.
On the last date of hearing of a matter pertaining to judicial appointments, the centre had blamed the High Court for the delay.
While handing over a sealed cover with the names of those cleared for appointment the centre through the Attorney General said that there was no delay. He had also said that it was the high courts which delayed the process as they were filling up posts that had fallen vacant in 2007.