Madras HC dismisses plea on judges' retirement age - The New Indian Express

Madras HC dismisses plea on judges' retirement age

Published: 02nd October 2013 07:11 PM

Last Updated: 02nd October 2013 07:11 PM

The Madras High Court has dismissed a petition which sought a direction to the Centre to enhance the retirement age for judges in High Courts and the Supreme Court.

The First Bench, comprising acting Chief Justice Rajesh Kumar Agrawal and Justice M Sathyanarayanan, rejected the petition filed by an advocate V Vasanthakumar at the admission stage itself.

The petitioner had sought a direction to the Centre to take immediate and effective measures to pass “The Constitution (114) Amendment Bill 2010” within a time-frame to be fixed by this court.

Originally, under article 217(1) of Constitution of India, the age of retirement of High Court Judges was fixed as 60.

By an amendment in the year 1963, it was increased to 62. Later in August 25, 2010, it was further raised to 65 by an amendment which had been referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee, which he wanted to be passed.

The Bench, quoting judgments of the Supreme Court, said no writ can be issued directing the authorities to introduce the above said amendment in Lok Sabha.

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