New Delhi, Aug 17: Following the displeasure expressed by the Chief Justice of India, T S Thakur over the appointment of judges, the law ministry points out that it is alive to the issue and allegations of confrontation with the judiciary is baseless.
The government is committed to clearing the appointments, but will also ensure that there is transparency and accountability while doing so.
The Supreme Court while striking down the National Judicial Appointments Commission Act had also directed the government to formulate the Memorandum of Procedure for the appointment of judges to the higher judiciary in a bid to ensure transparency and accountability.
These things take time
A law ministry official rejected the allegation that the process of appointments were put on hold. Following the striking down of the NJAC act, 110 additional judges have been confirmed in the high courts while 52 new judges have been appointed. In addition to there have been nine high court chief justices and 3 Supreme Court judges who have been appointed.
On the issue relating to the pending 73 appointments, the official said that it would be done in due course of time. Such things do take time and these names came to us only on July 30. Normally the vetting takes time. The process is on at the moment, the official also added.
With regard to the Memorandum of Procedure, law ministry sources say that there are a couple of issues and these will be sorted out. The Chief Justice of India who was provided with a draft will discuss the issue with four senior most judges in the Supreme Court.
Last week the Supreme Court had taken the government to task for delaying the appointment of 73 judges. It sought a reply from the centre in four weeks time on the issue.
Justice Thakur had also stated in his Independence Day speech that he was upset no mention about this was made during the Red Fort address by the Prime Minister.