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'Delay in appointing HC CJ shows Centre's negligence'

Former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court M Rama Jois said on Sunday that the "inordinate delay" in appointing a new Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court reflected "unprecedented negligence" on the part of the Central Government.

india Updated: Jun 13, 2010 23:45 IST
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Former Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court M Rama Jois said on Sunday that the "inordinate delay" in appointing a new Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court reflected "unprecedented negligence" on the part of the Central Government.

Without expressing any opinion on the merits or demerits of the allegations levelled against Chief Justice P D Dinakaran against whose impeachment proceedings have been initiated and who has not been discharging judicial functions since January 2010, Jois said the delay made the position of the Chief Justice a "laughing stock".

"In a matter concerning such high office allowing such a situation to continue is deplorable", Jois, who is a Rajya Sabha member, said. In order to facilitate appointment of a new Chief Justice to Karnataka High Court, the Collegium of the Supreme Court recommended the transfer of Justice Dinakaran as Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court and transfer of Chief Justice Kehar Singh of Uttarkhand High Court to Karnataka High Court though belatedly, already about two months are over since then, the former Governor of Jharkhand and Bihar said.

Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily stated yesterday that an order in terms of the recommendation of the Collegium is pending for the signature of the President of India, Jois said. "People in general and Advocates are in particular aghast as to how much time is needed to secure the signature of the President. Whenever the Government wants signature of the President urgently, they get it overnight or even by fax, if the President has gone abroad", he pointed out.

"The inordinate delay in this case is unpardonable and the Union Government has to explain to the people the reason for such delay. One thing is certain that this is not the way of dealing with a case of this type concerning the Chief Justice of a High Court and it is nothing short of callous negligence on the part of the Union Government", he said.

First Published: Jun 13, 2010 23:40 IST