In its sharpest-ever attack in open court on the NDA government, the Supreme Court asked whether the Centre intends to bring the entire judiciary to a “grinding halt” by sitting on recommendations of the Collegium for appointment and transfer of judges to High Courts across the country. Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur made it clear to the Centre, represented by Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi, that the court would not shy away from a confrontation with the government if driven to a corner.

The Supreme Court Bench which pulled up the Centre on a PIL plea filed by war veteran Lt. Col (retd.) Anil Kabotra, who highlighted the “enormous backlog of cases in various courts which has acquired uncontrollable proportions.” 

Extent of backlog of cases
The total pendency is 2.24 crore cases in various courts as of August 12, 2016. There are 478 judicial posts to be filled up in various High Courts. The Supreme Court itself has three vacancies.