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CJI writes to PM Modi, seeks increase in number of Supreme Court judges

CJI writes to PM Modi, seeks increase in number of Supreme Court judges

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking to increase the strength of judges and raise the retirement age of high court judges to 65 years.

Gogoi has also urged the prime minister to make tenure appointments of retired apex court judges and high court judges under Articles 128 and 224A of the Constitution respectively to clear backlog of cases pending for years.

Increasing Backlog

The CJI, who wrote three letters to the PM, said there was a pendency of 58,669 cases in the top court and the number was increasing due to filing of more fresh cases.

The CJI also wrote that the retirement age of high court judges should be raised by three years to 65 years.

Indian SC

There are currently 31 judges (including Chief Justice of India) against a maximum possible strength of 31.

As per the Constitution of India, judges of the Supreme Court retire at age 65. Justice Ranjan Gogoi is the 46th Chief Justice of India.

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