A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Uttarakhand High Court by Youth Bar Association of India and advocate Sanpreet Singh Ajmani, seeking a direction to the Centre to increase the retirement age of the judges of the High Court. Recently, Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had also written to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking an increase in the retirement age of high court judges to 65 years. The petitioners had earlier filed a petition in 2017 for the same cause but were asked to move to the appropriate forum, subsequently, they submitted a representation before the Ministry of Law and Justice of the Government of India requesting them to consider the introduction of a fresh Bill. The present petition alleged that the government had not taken any form of action on their representation despite assurances. In view of the fundamental right to get speedy justice and speedy trial, the petitioners claimed that increasing the retirement age of the judges would reduce the mounting arrears of cases in High Courts caused by the vacancy of judges. The petition also referred to laws existing in a host of other countries such as Australia, Canada, Ireland, U.K, etc. which prescribe a higher retirement age.
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