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Courts running without Judges? Over 500 Judges’ Posts Vacant in High Courts, says Chief Justice of India T. S. Thakur

A large number of proposals are still pending and hope the government will intervene to end this crisis," says Justice Thakur

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New Delhi, Nov 26, 2016: Chief Justice of India T. S. Thakur on Saturday expressed concern over the non-filling up of vacancies in various courts saying there are around 500 judges’ posts lying vacant in the high courts.

“Around 500 vacancies in the high courts today. 500 high courts judges should be working today, but they are not. A large number of proposals are still pending and hope the government will intervene to end this crisis,” Justice Thakur said at National Law Day function organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association.

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Thakur said that due to lack of infrastructure, posts of chairmen in various tribunals are lying vacant.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, however, disagreed with Thakur and said the central government has made 120 appointments this year.

“We have highest regard for the CJI but we respectfully disagree with him. This year we have made 120 judges appointments (second highest appointments up to 2013),” Prasad said.

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“Since 1990, there have been only 80 appointments. There are 5,000 vacancies in lower judiciary in which the Government of India has no role to play. That is something only for judiciary to take,” said the minister.

On October 28, during a hearing a bench headed by Thakur had slammed the Centre for sitting over the top court collegium’s recommendations on the appointment of high court judges, saying the action amounted to paralysing and locking out the judiciary.

In April this year, Thakur during a joint conference of chief ministers and chief justices of high courts, broke down and urged the government to improve the infrastructure and fill up vacancies in the courts. (IANS)

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Supreme Court of India to Announce Triple Talaq Case Verdict Today

The verdict will determine if Islam can enforce triple talaq as fundamental to the practice of religion

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  • The Supreme Court will announce its verdict on triple talaq in India on Tuesday
  • Chief Justice JS Khehar heads the constitution bench of the jury
  • It will determine if triple talaq is fundamental to Muslim religion or not

New Delhi, August 22, 2017: The Supreme Court of India is set to announce its verdict on the triple talaq case that has gripped the nation since past few months.

The verdict is said to be a historic decision and will decide if the practice of triple talaq is fundamental to the Islamic religion.

Chief Justice JS Khehar heads the bench that comprises of five judges. After six days of the hearing, the bench had held its verdict on May 18. The verdict will determine if Islam can enforce triple talaq as fundamental to the practice of religion.

Other esteemed names in the jury include R F Nariman, Kurian Joseph, S Abdul Nazeer and U U Lalit. All the five justices come from different religious backgrounds.

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Among the petitioners are Muslim women who label triple talaq as simply unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court had already acknowledged during the hearing that triple talaq as a way of ending the marriage was “not a desirable” form.

Many legal experts have raised their voice against the Islamic practice, including the likes of Ram Jethmalani.

Other experts on the other hand, like Kapil Sibal, claim that the basis on which the practice is founded is the faith which cannot be simply changed.

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