NEW DELHI, APRIL 24: An emotional Cheif Justice of India T S Thakur on Sunday said there is need to increase the number of judges from the present 21,000 to 40,000 to handle the avalanche of litigations and Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured him of his government's resolve in finding a solution jointly with the judiciary.
"It is not only in the name of a litigant or people languishing in jails but also in the name of development of the country, its progress that I beseech you to rise to the occasion and realise that it is not enough to criticise. You cannot shift the entire burden on the judiciary," the Chief Justice of India said in a choking voice.
Justice Thakur said that since 1987, when the Law Commission had recommended increase in the number of judges from then 10 judges per 10 lakh people to 50, nothing has moved".(Agencies)