SC asks Centre to furnish details of money allotted to improve state courts

The apex court has sought state-wise details about money allocation for setting up new courts and urged the Centre to specify the mechanism which has adopted to make sure the funds will be spent on the judiciary
Supreme Court of India

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to furnish details about the Rs 9,749 crore, which has been allotted to enhance state judiciaries.

The decision of the Supreme Court to ask for details comes as the latest episode of the judiciary-legislature differences ever since the apex court rejected the Centre’s decision refusing the Supreme Court collegium’s recommendations of 77 names for appointment in various high courts. Of them, the Centre accepted only 34 names and sent the list back to the Supreme Court for reconsideration. But the Supreme Court insisted that the 43 others be appointed, something which the government is not ready to do, citing “adverse” intelligence reports and the “serious nature of complaints received against” them.

In this situation, the Chief Justice of India TS Thakur said on Saturday that any organ of state should not cross the “lakshman rekha”. At another event, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi countered the CJI, saying the judiciary must “realise that it (the Court) also has a lakshman rekha”.