CJ recuses himself from hearing PIL on HC judge vacancies

CJ recuses himself from hearing PIL on HC judge vacancies

CJ recuses himself from hearing PIL on HC judge vacancies

Acting Chief Justice H G Ramesh recused himself from hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) on filling of the vacancies of judges in Karnataka High Court on Thursday.

Acting chief justice Ramesh recused to hear the PIL as he is a party to the petition.

The bench was hearing a petition filed by retired high court judge Justice A N Venugopalgowda, seeking the filling up of 37 vacancies for the posts of judges which are pending since a long time.

The order stated," As High Court of Karnataka is a respondent to this petition, let this petition be listed before a Bench not comprising of the Honourable Acting Chief Justice."

According to the petitioner, the pending vacancies are taking a toll on the existing judges due to the mounting pendency of cases in the court.