Don’t force us to take drastic measures…Supreme Court warns Center over delay in approving transfer of judges
During the hearing, Advocate Amit Pai, appearing for the petitioner, said that the court is being attacked from outside. Justice Kaul said, ‘We are used to it. Rest assured that this does not bother us. These officers know where to go. The bench listed the matter for further hearing on February 13. The AG said that the recommendations made for the appointment of five judges of the Supreme Court would be approved soon.
On December 13, 2022, the collegium of the apex court comprising Justices Pankaj Mithal, Sanjay Karol, P.V. Sanjay Kumar, Ahsanuddin Amanullah and Manoj Mishra were promoted as Supreme Court judges. Similarly, on January 31, the Collegium also recommended elevation of Justice Rajesh Bindal, Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, and Arvind Kumar, Chief Justice of the Gujarat High Court, as Supreme Court judges.
The Supreme Court was hearing a contempt petition filed by the Advocates’ Association of Bangalore against the Center for allegedly violating the timeline for judicial appointments. Earlier, the Supreme Court had expressed displeasure over the delay in finalizing the names sent by the collegium for appointments.