NEW DELHI: TS Thakur, the chief justice of India, today at a meeting which was attended by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke down and started talking about the unprecedented pressure in which the judges in the country works under.
Being concerned about the terrible discrepancy between the population the citizens and that of judges which are needed to serve them, the chief justice stated that the government should ensure that the number of judges is increased from 21,000 which is the current population to 40,000.
At the meeting which was held between the Chief Justices and the Chief ministers, Thakur, the Chief Justice said, “”It is for development of this country that I beseech you to rise the occasion… You cannot shift the entire burden to the judiciary… There is a limit to judges’ capacity.”
Though he was not expected to speak at that point, the prime Minister decided to break his silence and affirmed to the judiciary that his government was very serious and willing to address the issue. He claimed that if a closed norms and closed door allow, he will definitely try his best to find a way out.
Approximately, 2,600 cases are handled by an average Indian Judge in comparison to just 81 in the United States as pointed by Chief Justice Thakur4. Annually, 2crore cases are handled by the lower court and the discrepancy never fails in shocking the judges visiting from other continents.
According to justice Thakur, since the year 1987, when it was recommended by the Law commission that the number of the judges to be increased from 10 per 10 lakh people at that moment to 50, nothing has changed. then 10 per 10 lakh people to 50, “nothing has moved”. “Speeches have been made but nothing really moves… The Centre says, ‘yes, it’s the state which has to take the initiative’ and this tug of war continues,” he added.
Thakur also went ahead to criticize PM Modi’s project concerned with the setting up commercial court for serving the top corporate client.