Chief Justice of India JS Khehar today remarked that the Supreme Court is currently facing difficulties in functioning due to eight vacancies.
He also said that the issue would be sorted out within a month, thus hinting that the Supreme Court might get new judges soon.
The remarks were made during the mentioning of a case.
CJI JS Khehar: We are so short of strength that it’s difficult to manage day to day affairs.
We will increase our strength by within a month.
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The Supreme Court is currently functioning with 23 judges as against the sanctioned strength of 31.
As many as six judges had retired from the Supreme Court in 2016. They were Justices MY Eqbal, FMI Kalifulla, C Nagappan, Gopala Gowda, Shiva Kirti Singh, and Anil R Dave. Outgoing Chief Justice TS Thakur‘s retirement last week took the number of vacancies to eight.
Apart from the Supreme Court, various high courts in the country are also grappling with a shortage of judges. A tussle with the Central government over judicial appointments has not helped the cause.
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