CJI has sent proposal to increase retirement age of HC judges Prasad

first_imgNew Delhi: The Chief Justice of India (CJI) has sent a proposal to increase the retirement age of high court judges to reduce pendency of cases, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Thursday told Rajya Sabha.The minister, however, did not respond in either yes or no to a question on “whether the government is considering to raise the retirement age of high court judges”. In a written reply, Prasad said CJI Ranjan Gogoi has sent the proposal to ensure continued availability of more experienced judges for a longer tenure to improve the vacancy position and reduce the pendency of cases. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!A constitutional amendment bill moved by the UPA government in the Lok Sabha to increase the retirement age of high court judges from 62 to 65 years had lapsed as it never came up for discussion or voting. Prasad said as on July 1, there are 403 vacancies in the 25 high courts. He said initiation of proposal for appointment of judges in the high courts vests with the chief justice of high court. As per the Memorandum of Procedure, the chief justice of high court is required to Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedinitiate the proposals for filling up of vacancies of judges in the high court six months prior to the occurrence of vacancies “but this timeline is rarely adhered to”, the Law minister said. “Appointment of judges in the high courts is a continuous collaborative process between the Executive and the Judiciary, as it requires consultation and approval from various constitutional authorities both at the state and the Centre-level. Hence, the timeline for filling up of the vacancies cannot be indicated. “While every effort is made to fill up the existing vacancies expeditiously, vacancies do keep on arising on account of retirement, resignation or elevation of Judges and increase in judge strength,” he said.last_img read more

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Libya Senior UN humanitarian official strongly condemns attacks on medical facilities

The ENT and Urological Center in Benghazi, the Benghazi Medical Center and Aljalaa Hospital all were hit by the recent attacks. According to a statement issued by the UN Support Mission in Libya, Dr. Hussain strongly condemned the violence, attacks and threats against medical personnel and humanitarian personnel engaged in medical duties, their means of transport and equipment, as well as hospitals and other medical facilities. Reiterating the primary responsibility to ensure respect for the principles and rules of international humanitarian law and in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution 2286, the acting humanitarian coordinator deplored the long-term consequences of such attacks for the civilian population and the health-care system the country.“I am appalled by such attacks that further endanger the patients and medical personnel in the act of delivering medical and humanitarian assistance. I strongly urge all parties [to] fully comply with their obligations under international law, including international human rights law,” said Dr. Hussain. read more

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