Appointment, transfer of judges pivotal to justice: SC

Indiatimesworld News Service

New Delhi, September 23

The Supreme Court on Monday said appointment and transfer of judges were pivotal to administration of justice as it decided to keep pending a petition questioning inordinate delay in appointment of Justice Akil Kureshi as Chief Justice of a High Court.

Justice Kureshi, the senior-most Judge from Gujarat High Court, is presently functioning, on transfer, in the Bombay High Court. The Supreme Court collegium had in May recommended him for appointment as Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court but the Centre returned his file for reconsideration. Thereafter, the collegium has recommended him for appointment as the Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court.

"Appointments and transfers go to the root of the administration of justice and where judicial review is severely restricted. Interference in the system of administration of justice does not augur well for the institution," a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said during hearing on Gujarat High Court Advocates Association's petition.

The Bench accepted senior advocate Aravind Datar's submission on behalf of the Association that its petition should be kept pending until the Centre notified Justice Kureshi's appointment. It asked the Registry to list the matter after the Centre acted on the collegium's recommendation to appoint Justice Kureshi as Chief Justice of the Tripura High Court.

The Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association had moved the top court accusing the Centre of deliberately sitting over the collegium recommendation to appoint Justice Kureshi of the Bombay High Court as Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.