Fill up the vacancies in Calcutta High Court
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The Court is currently functioning with less than 50% of its sanctioned strength. If no Judges are appointed by February, 2018, the vacancy would rise to nearly 66%.
Further the Court in its order dated July 12, 2017 passed in CRM 5169 Of 2017 while observing that the collapse of the justice delivery system seems to be imminent, has said the following:
"In a democratic polity where the rule of law is dominant, the independence of the judiciary is regarded as a basic structure of the Constitution, right to life and personal liberty is so precious for all and facilitating proper functioning of the High Court is a Constitutional necessity imposing a non-negotiable obligation on all the stakeholders to appoint Judges and thereby fill up vacancies with utmost expedition so that access to justice becomes a reality, rendering a particular High Court ineffective by adopting a stepmotherly attitude cannot but draw the frown of a civilised society. In such grave and ominous situation, this Bench expresses hope and trust that the authorities wielding power would spare a thought for this Court and take immediate ameliorative measures so as to prevent the system from collapsing with the ensuing retirement of 7 (seven) more Judges by early November, 2017 and 3 (three) more by early February, 2018"
However till today there is no indication of fresh appointments.
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