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A Full Bench of the Allahabad High Court recently pulled up the Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government and the State Public Service Commission for the delay in filling judicial vacancies and acting to resolve judicial infrastructure requirements.
The Bench of Chief Justice Dilip B Bhosale and Justices Govind Mathur and Yashwant Varma has directed the state authorities to chalk out a time-bound plan to resolve various issues in the arena.
Given the administrative apathy in filling judicial vacancies, a PIL had been filed before the Court, highlighting the following issues:
These issues apart, the Court also observed that the UP government and Public Service Commission were not doing their due to complete judicial recruitment processes already initiated by the Court.
“... although requisite steps have been initiated by the High Court for initiating a recruitment exercise to fill 808 posts across various cadres in the District judiciary, no progress has been made in this respect either by the U.P. Public Service Commission [“Commission”] or the State Government. The proposal of the Court in undertaking the recruitment process itself and thus bypassing the U.P. Public Service Commission has, for reasons unknown, not found favour with the State Government.
Against the requisition sent by the Court for recruitment to 610 posts, the Commission has not even initiated the process of recruitment by the issuance of an advertisement. We were orally informed by Shri M.N. Singh appearing for the Commission that it was yet to receive a requisition from the State Government in this respect. We also note the enormous time taken by the State Government and the Commission to complete a recruitment exercise with the Court being left helpless and unable to comply with the timelines stipulated by the Supreme Court.”
In this backdrop, the Court observed that such a dismal state of affairs cannot be left to fester and perpetuate. To this end, the Bench has issued the following directions:
The matter will be taken up next on September 12 at 3.30 pm.
Read the order: