Law Ministry came under fire over vacancies in courts in 2016
Business & Finance   Monday, December 26, 2016 IST
 
Law Ministry came under fire over vacancies in courts in 2016

Law Ministry came under fire over vacancies in courts in 2016

As of now, names of 18 retired judges from six HCs for re-appointment are pending with govt 2016 can be summed up as a year when the Law Ministry came under constant fire of outgoing Chief Justice of India TS Thakur for rising vacancies in the higher judiciary even as its efforts to finalise a document to guide appointments in high courts and the Supreme Court failed to get finalised.

On its part, the ministry appointed 126 judges this year, the highest number in the past several years.

On April 24, those present at the inauguration of the Chief Ministers-Chief Justices conference were shocked to see Justice Thakur in tears in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The CJI lamented government's "inaction" in raising the number of judges from 21,000 to 40,000 to handle mounting cases, saying, "you cannot shift the entire burden on the judiciary".

"Nothing moves", an unusually emotional Thakur said, recalling a 1987 Law Commission recommendation to increase the number of judges from then 10 judges per 10 lakh people to 50.

Days after Justice Thakur had quoted the Law Commission recommendation on judge-population ratio, the then Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda said the report was not based on scientific data.

At the conference, it was decided that an extraordinary provision of the Constitution would be used to appoint retired high court judges in high courts to help bring down rising pendency of cases.

But days after the Law Ministry approved the minutes of the conference, it told a Parliamentary committee that there is no mechanism in place to deal with complaints against retired judges.

As of now, names of 18 retired judges from six high courts for re-appointment are pending with the government.

Another major point of confrontation was the decision of the government to return the names of 43 candidates for appointment as high court judges to the Supreme Court collegium.

Out of the 43 names, the collegium reiterated the names of 37, deferred three proposals while three other names are still with it.

On November 18, the Supreme Court had informed the government that it had reiterated every one of the 43 names that were sent back by the government to the collegium for reconsideration.

But Minister of State for Law PP Chaudhary told the Lok Sabha in a written reply that the collegium has reiterated its recommendation for 37 candidates only.

The main sticking point between the government and the judiciary remained the finalisation of the memorandum of procedure -- a document which will guide future appointment of judges to the Supreme Court and the 24 high courts.

While the Supreme Court collegium rejected the first draft, the second draft sent to it in August is still pending. A decision is now expected after Jagdish Singh Khehar takes over as the CJI on January 4.

The decision of the government to refer the controversial uniform civil code matter to the Law Commission to see whether it can be implemented is another issue which kept the Law Ministry in the limelight.

Amid voices of protest and support, the Law Commission sought views of the public on the common code and triple talaq. Until December 22, it had received over 40,000 responses.



 
 
Tata Make f-16 fighter planes in India ,Lockheed Martin signs pact with Tata
Business & Finance   Monday, December 26, 2016 IST
 
Tata Make f-16 fighter planes in India ,Lockheed Martin signs pact with Tata

Tata Make f-16 fighter planes in India ,Lockheed Martin signs pact with Tata

Paris: Lockheed Martin signed to an arrangement with India`s Tata Advanced Systems on Monday to create F-16 military aircraft in India, squeezing ahead with an arrangement to move its Fort Worth, Texas plant to win billions of dollars worth of request from the Indian military.

India`s flying corps needs several flying machine to supplant its Soviet-period armada, however, Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s government has said outside providers would need to make the planes in India with a neighborhood accomplice to help assemble a residential modern base and cut out and out imports.

In any case, Modi`s Make-in-India drive risks clashing with U.S. President Donald Trump`s America First crusade under which he has been squeezing for organizations to put resources into the United States and make occupations as opposed to setting up processing plants abroad.

In reporting their understanding at the Paris Airshow, Lockheed and Tata said moving the generation base to India would at present hold employments in the United States.

"F-16 production in India underpins a great many Lockheed Martin and F-16 provider employments in the U.S., makes new assembling occupations in India, and positions Indian industry at the focal point of the most broad contender flying machine supply biological community on the planet," a joint articulation by the organizations said.

Sweden`s Saab is the other contender to supply the Indian Air Force, offering to make its Gripen warrior in India. It has not yet declared a nearby accomplice for the plane which it has pitched as a current contrasting option to the F-16s.

The declaration comes days before Modi goes to Washington for an initially meeting with Trump, booked for June. 26. India and the United States have assembled a nearby guard relationship as of late with Washington rising as among the main three arms providers to India, alongside Russia and Israel.

India will likewise have the opportunity to send out the F-16 that is flown via aviation based armed forces the world over, the joint proclamation said. Somewhere in the range of 3,200 of these planes are being flown by 26 nations and the model that is being offered to India will be Block 70, the most current of all the F-16s.

"This uncommon F-16 generation association between the world's biggest guard contractual worker and India's head mechanical house gives India the chance to create, work and fare F-16 Block 70 air ship, the freshest and most progressive variant of the world's best, battle demonstrated multi-part warrior," the announcement said.

Goodbye is as of now fabricating airframe segments for the C-130 military transport air ship.

India has not opened formal offering for the fly request, which is required to be anything from 100 planes to 250.



 
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