Supreme Court reserves orders on a plea for appointment of ad-hoc judges in High Courts

Supreme Court reserves orders on a plea for appointment of ad-hoc judges in High Courts

The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved order on a petition seeking the appointment of ad hoc judges in the High Courts using Article 224A of the Constitution of India.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde said that the case would not end and an interim order would be passed in the nature of the mandamus issued.

A division bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Suryakant considered public interest litigation in the High Court seeking a call for Article 224A to deal with the arrears of the growing case.

CJI SA Bobde said during the hearing, “Article 224A is a Salutory provision”. He said that if ad hoc judges are used to collect the arrears, the courts will be able to give time to decide the cases of the constitution bench.

Justice SK Kaul suggested that ad hoc judges would hear the old cases for more than 10-15 years and regular judges would hear the current cases.