The Delhi High Court on Thursday sought responses from the Centre and the city government on a PIL seeking a direction to the high court administration to advertise all existing 262 vacancies of lower court judges. A bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and Vipin Sanghi also issued notices to the High Court Registrar, the office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Delhi Development Authority.
It has directed all the concerned authorities to file their replies detailing short and long-term measures to put in place the requisite infrastructure in Delhi's lower courts to enable the High Court fill up the all 262 vacancies. The matter has been fixed for further hearing on November 10.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by advocate R K Kapoor seeking a direction to the Registrar of the Delhi High Court to "notify/advertise" all the existing vacancies as were existing on February 18 for recruitment to the Delhi Judicial Service (DJS).
According to the plea, a notification was published in the newspapers on February 22 for recruitment to DJS by which only 80 seats were advertised although there were about 262 vacancies. Kapoor, in his plea, has also sought a direction to the high court, the Delhi government and others to create the requisite infrastructure so that all vacant posts can be filled up in one go.
"Issue a writ order or direction including a writ of mandamus directing the respondent High Court of Delhi, the Delhi government and other respondents to take urgent steps, to create infrastructure within a time-bound programme," the plea said. "Issue a writ order or direction including a writ of mandamus directing the Union of India to provide sufficient financial support for creating infrastructure," it added.
The petition alleged although an undertaking was given by the Delhi government to the Supreme Court till date the infrastructure to fill all the existing vacancies is lacking.