| The NJAC row bring HC judges' appointment to a standstill |
06 Oct 2015
|The courts and the government have been battling over fundamental differences in the process through which judges are appointed for over five months.
The deadlock has brought the higher judiciary appointments to a standstill beside asking tricky questions about the system.
In the present scenario, the "high courts only have about half the judges that they need, with vacancies up to about 400."
| Make MoP on appointment of judges: SC to Centre |
16 Dec 2015
|Supreme Court directed the government to make a memorandum of procedure (MOP) to appoint senior judiciary.
The MOP on appointment of judges in higher judiciary would be achieved with deliberation of the Chief Justice of India (CJI).
The SC said "transparency is the most important aspect in selection and appointment of judges" which should get reflected in the proceedings for the selections.
| SC reproaches Centre, says stop stalling, appoint judges |
29 Oct 2016
|The Supreme Court reprimanded the Modi government of "stalling" the appointments of high court judges.
The bench said the Centre government was venturing a "lockout" in the judiciary and reducing it to an "onslaught".
It was highlighted that most HCs were "at less than 60% of their strength."
The SC directed the Centre to make the necessary appointments which were 8 months due.
| 34 out of 77 names cleared for HC appointments |
11 Nov 2016
|The government has informed the Supreme Court that 34 out of 77 names put up for High Court appointments have been approved; it added that the remaining 43 names have been sent back to the collegium.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said not a single file on appointment of judges is pending with the government.
The SC had lambasted the centre for slow judicial appointments.
| Ignoring Centre, Collegium re-appoints the same 43 HC judges |
20 Nov 2016
|The Collegium presided by the Chief Justice of India reiterated its appointment of 43 HC judges.
The Centre had held reservation on these appointments claiming that "no uniform criteria was followed in the selection of the 43" and had asked the Collegium to reconsider.
This decision is expected to once again stir the tensions between the judiciary and the Centre over judicial appointments.
| President clears five high court judges for elevation to SC |
16 Feb 2017
|President Pranab Mukherjee has cleared five high court judges for elevation to the Supreme Court. The group includes four chief justices of state high courts.
The notifications regarding appointments will reportedly be sent to them in the coming days.
The Supreme Court, which has a sanctioned strength of 31, is currently functioning with only 23 judges. Three justices are retiring later this year.
| SC finalizes judicial appointments procedure |
15 Mar 2017
|Sources said the Supreme Court has finalized the memorandum of procedure (MoP) for appointing judges to constitutional courts.
The SC and the Centre had sparred on the issue for the last one year. The court took into consideration the Centre's national security clause while appointing judges to higher courts.
The court said it would also finalize appointments to the high courts soon.