J S Khehar, Chief Justice of India, on Monday asked the government to “work together” with the judiciary to tackle the problem of shortage of judges, followed by unresolved piles of cases.
Hearing issues relating to pendency of cases in the Tripura High Court, the bench told Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi that the government should also come up with some positive solutions to the problems affecting delivery of justice.
The High Court Chief Justice had written to the CJI, pointing out that hearing of at least 26 cases was stuck since the high court had three judges in place of the approved strength of four. The letter stated that in case of recusal of a judge, the HC was unable to hear three cases and the situation required transferring these cases to some other high court. On the previous date of hearing, the apex court bench, presided over by the CJI, sought assistance of the AG in the matter. On Monday, when Rohatgi showed up, Justice Khehar asked him to explore how to deal with the problem.
The AG said that the government had no issues if the Supreme Court collegium wants to transfer some judges from outside Tripura to the high court to ward off possibility of conflict of interest and minimise chances of recusal by a sitting judge. “You may also appoint some other judge. We have no problem in proceeding with the manner you want us to,” Rohatgi submitted.