PIL over vacant posts of CJ, judges: HC reserves order 

Published: 04th April 2017 04:34 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th April 2017 04:34 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

HYDERABAD: A division bench of the High Court on Monday reserved its order on the maintainability of a PIL case filed by Sarasani Satyam Reddy, senior counsel of the High Court, who questioned the inaction of the Supreme Court on filling the post of the chief justice and the posts of scores of judges in the Hyderabad High Court.

The bench of Justice V Ramasubramanian and Justice J Uma Devi was dealing with the PIL which sought appointment of permanent chief justice and judges to the High Court for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. He sought directions to the authorities in Delhi to hasten the process of filling up the said vacancies.

The bench made it clear that it would pronounce its order only with regard to the issue whether the PIL was maintainable or not.

The petitioner's counsel urged the court to declare the non-appointment of the chief justice to the High Court by the Centre and the Supreme Court even 22 months after the superannuation of the previous chief justice as unconstitutional and in violation of Article 216 of the Constitution. As against the sanctioned strength of 61 judges, only 27 judges are holding the office resulting in 60 percent vacancy. Non-appointment of judges to the sanctioned strength was crippling the functioning of the High Court, he pointed out.

The counsel representing the Centre urged the court to defer hearing.

After hearing both sides, the bench reserved its order.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp