Supreme Court Judges Bill passed in Lok Sabha

On Monday i.e. 5th August the Lok sabha gave its sanction to the Supreme Court Judges Bill stating to increase the strength of Supreme Court judges from present 30 to 33.

As of now, the SC has a strength of 30 judges. (this number excludes the chief justice)

Union Law Minister Mr.Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday told Lok Sabha that judges in the higher judiciary should be careful about their observations in ongoing cases and should be applicable  to the case they are hearing.

Supreme Court Judges Bill passed in Lok Sabha
Union Law Minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad

“We respect the judiciary. But if they want to make an observation then they should have the courage to write it in their judgments,” he said.

The minister also said that this move was taken with the aim of cutting down the delay of the apex court which already has 60,000 cases pending.

Once it gets Parliamentary approval, the strength of SC judges with go from 30 to 33 plus the Chief Justice of India.

This Supreme Court Judges Bill comes into Lok sabha days after when Ranjan Gogoi, the Chief Justice of India requested Prime minister Narendra Modi to increase the number of SC judges according to the Supreme Court (number of judges) Act, 1956 which was last amended in 2009.