Supreme Court seeks Centre’s reply on PIL for doubling number of judges

The Supreme Court on Thursday sought a response from the Centre to a public interest litigation demanding the number of judges be doubled as recommended by the Law Commission.

A bench comprising Chief Justice T S Thakur and justice R Banumathi issued notice to the ministry of law and justice and ministry of finance on the plea filed by BJP leader and lawyer Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay.

The PIL has also sought a direction to implement the resolution of the advisory council of the National Mission for Justice Delivery and Legal Reforms.

The demand for a response from Centre comes a day after the NDA government cleared four names for appointment as judges of the Supreme Court.

President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the appointment of Madhya Pradesh high court chief justice AM Khanwilkar, Allahabad high court chief justice DY Chandrachud, Kerala high court chief justice Ashok Bhushan and senior advocate and former additional solicitor general L Nageshwar Rao as Supreme Court judges.

The total number of Supreme Court judges, after this set of appointments, will go up to 29.


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