Taking note of the pending appointments of 150 judicial officials, Delhi High Court pulled up the Delhi government and directed to release a required sum of Rs 2,52,10,178 from its budget to the district courts without any delay.
“Keeping in mind the request made on behalf of the Delhi high court that no further delay can be brooked as 150 Judicial Officers are due to be posted in the next couple of months and their courts cannot be made functional without adequate support staff, it is deemed appropriate to direct the Delhi high court to release the required sum of Rs 2,52,10,178/- from its budget to the district courts without any delay with a condition that the said amount shall be returned to the Delhi high court immediately on funds being made available by the Delhi government to the district courts, which exercise shall be completed on or before 31.12.2020,” stated the court.
The High Court bench comprising Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad has directed the Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government to file a fresh status report on the next date of hearing. The bench has also asked the High Court to file a status report in context to the filling up of the judicial posts by support staff in district court and family court and purchase of pool cars.
The court will hear the matter on December 3.
The candidates had applied for the posts of Senior Personal Assistant (SPA), Personal Assistant (PA), Junior Judicial Assistant (JJA) and Data Entry Operators (DEO) in the district court and family court establishments. They had deposited the mentioned fee in the district courts totalling to an amount of Rs 3,40,00,000. The amount already was transferred to the account of Delhi government. Yet, the Delhi government has been sitting over the pending sanctions/revalidation of the budget for all this while.
“If a sum of Rs 3,40,00,000 already received by Delhi government is adjusted from Rs 5,32,02,041, the remaining amount comes to Rs 1,92,0,041 which alone would be required to be incurred by the Delhi government for completing the recruitment process. Due to lack of financial sanctions/revalidation from the Delhi government, the whole recruitment process has been brought to a grinding halt,” said the court.