SC asks Centre to give details of money allotted by it to improve state judiciaries

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New Delhi, November 29
The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to provide details about the Rs 9,749 crores it has allotted to improve state judiciaries.
The apex court asked for state-wise details about money allocation for setting up new courts and creating infrastructure, and asked the Centre to specify the mechanism it has adopted to ensure the earmarked
funds will be spent on the judiciary. The court’s move comes two weeks after Centre on November 15 informed the apex court that it had cleared 37 of the 77 names recommended by a Supreme Court collegium for appointment as judges in various high courts in the country.
The government defended its decision to send back 43 names, saying it was based on “adverse” intelligence reports and the “serious nature of complaints received against” them. The Supreme Court collegium has “reiterated” its recommendation for 37 of the 43 names, and deferred three proposals. Three other names are still with it.
Even as the spat between the judicary and the executive wore on, Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said on Saturday that no organs of state should cross the “lakshman rekha” and that it was incumbent on the judiciary to make sure they didn’t.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, on his part, said that the judiciary must “realise that it also has a
lakshman rekha.”

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