New Delhi, Sept 30 (ILNS) The Delhi High Court today refused to entertain a plea seeking directions to increase the current working strength of the Delhi High Court by filling up all the existing vacancies saying that the process has already started.
The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice D.N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh was hearing a plea alleging inefficiency in the working of the Delhi High Court on account of the Court not functioning at its total sanctioned strength.
The Bench, while disposing of the petition, noted that the Delhi High Court is already seized of the issue and the High Court Collegium is already working on the issue of filling up judicial vacancies and the process has already started, therefore, we see no reason to entertain this petition, the Bench stated.
On the suggestion made by the petitioner in respect of the elevation of more judges from the District Division to the High Court, the Bench noted that “there are specific norms for such type of elevations.”
The Delhi High Court has an approved strength of 60 Judges (45 permanent and 15 additional) but currently working with 29 permanent judges including the Chief Justice with nonadditional judges.
The public interest litigation was filed by one Rakesh Kumar Gupta, who claims to be a whistle-blower. The plea points out that the Delhi High Court, despite having sufficient infrastructure, is working with fewer judges as compared to its total strength.
The plea alleged that the delay in justice delivery and increased the backlog over time.
“Justice delayed has a negative impact on the whole economy. Delayed justice promotes corruption, crony capitalization, and denial of justice to weaker sections. Weaker sections stopped approaching Court to get justice,” reads the plea.
Contending that the judges should be from diversified backgrounds, experience, and gender, the plea points out that at most times, appointments are made from people belonging to higher levels of society and neglects weaker sections’ perspectives.
The plea prays for more judicial appointments to be made in the Delhi High Court. In addition, the petitioner prays for the elevation of more judges from the District Courts in the national capital to the High Court./ILNS/SNG