Justice Tirath Singh Thakur, who will take over as chief justice of India on December 2, on Saturday said that the issue of separate high court for Haryana falls in the ambit of governments, and that he would act only when the matter is brought before him.
Justice Thakur was talking to journalists on the sidelines of inauguration of the Haryana State Legal Services Authority (HSLSA) building in Sector 14, Panchkula.
He also said he had never come across any proposal regarding separate high court for Haryana.
“People talk about the high court and politicians also make statements, but I never came across any reference in this regard,” he added.
On pending cases, he said after taking over as chief justice of India, it would be his top priority to dispose off long pending cases in 2016. He added that the justice should reach every person.
‘COLLEGIUM SYSTEM PREVAILS’
On vacancy of over 400 judges in high courts, he said that appointment process should start soon as the chapter on recruitments through the collegium system or the National Judicial Appointments Commission had been closed. When asked about transparency in appointments, he said that the issue was being looked into by the five-judge bench. “Transparency is a matter of perception. It has to be made acceptable and credible without harming anyone’s reputation,” he said.
ON RELATION BETWEEN GOVT AND JUDICIARY
Talking about the relationship between the government and the judiciary, he said that as far as judicial functions were concerned, they (the government) neither interfered nor they could. “It was not that either they told us something inappropriate or asked us to do something inappropriate,” he said.
He added that as far as administrative functions were concerned, communication between judiciary and government “is permissible and should be permissible too”.
“There is no institution which can claim that it’s independent. But, they are interdependent. The system is like that there are checks and balances. It is a matter of understanding and I will request the media to play a positive role as we have reached at a stage where the whole world is looking at us.
People are coming here (in the country) and investing. If there is quick justice, people would feel inspired to come...but if they think their investments are unsafe, no one will come... we have to grow into an inclusive society.”