New Delhi, 3 July: The Delhi High Court today dismissed a PIL seeking discontinuation of its summer vacation, saying that most judges spend substantial part of vacation time in writing the judgements at their offices.
"The petitioner does not seem to be aware that how the Delhi High Court is working… Most of the judges spend substantial part of vacation time in writing the judgements at their offices,” said a bench of Acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Vibhu Bakhru while turning down the PIL by Prakash India, a registered society. The petitioner had also sought quashing of the 2013 circular which notified the vacation period from 1 to 30 June. The petitioner Suraj Prakash Manchanda, a retired bank officer, argued before the bench that there is huge pendency of cases across the country including over 60,000 in the Delhi High Court and the judges and lawyers "who have sworn to uphold the rule of law and Constitution of India" should not go on vacation as litigants suffer.
Also, the bench rejected petitioner’s suggestion that either the judges should avail the vacation on rotation basis like the police officers or the high court should curtail the number of vacation days to 10 or 15 instead of 30 days. “Unfortunately other organisations cannot be compared with court system. It is not practically feasible nor advisable to work in rotation… It might become absolutely chaotic,” said the bench. SNS