Contrary to India’s judiciary’s view to include more judges, Chairman of Law Commission of India Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan said that India needs more ‘working judges’ than increasing strength of judges.
In an interview to The Hindu, he said,”Increasing the sanctioned strength of judges will not solve the problem. We need working judges. Liberty has become more important. Workload has increased because of an increase in awareness among the public and education. There has been an expansion of liberty and courts are bound by the public’s faith in the judiciary.”
He added that approved strength of judges is enough to end the backlog.
Earlier, Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur had called for over 70,000 more judges to be appointed to courts all over the country to clear the backlog.
At present, the High Courts has over 480 vacancies and even three vacancies are there in the SC.
Supreme Court judge Justice Balbir Singh Chauhan. File photo
His views are important as the apex court asked the Law Commission to file a report within a year on whether it is permissible to rid the apex court of routine appeals crowding the court.