Published On: Mon, Apr 18th, 2016

Hearing on Central rule today in Nainital HC

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The Uttarakhand high court will today take up the hearing of the petition related to the challenge to the Central rule imposed in the state on March 27. The division bench of the HC comprising chief justice KM Joseph and Justice VK Bisht had scheduled the hearing of the case on April 18 before the court went into recess from April 13 to 17. The HC had also told the counsel for the Centre that ‘no hanky panky’ should be there after the Congress party had alleged that the Centre intends to revoke Central rule with the objective of facilitating the BJP to form the government in the state.

Reacting to this, attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, representing the Centre had assured the court that “whatever the central government will do, it will first inform the court about that.”

Meanwhile, Rohtagi, who arrived in Nainital on Sunday, while speaking with mediapersons at the Raj Bhawan, raised serious concerns over the collegium system of selection of judges. Alleging that because of ‘bad pay’ and various other restrictions, good law practitioners refused to opt for positions of judges in the judiciary, Rohatgi said, “Collegium system of selection of the Supreme Court judges lacks the requisite transparency. One never knows why so and so was chosen.”

He also pointed out loopholes in the legal system of the country saying that it became difficult to deliver justice on time due to severe crunch of judges. “Fast track courts are not the sure shot solution. We will need to fast track the entire system of the judiciary,” Rohatgi said.

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