23 April, New Delhi
The government Thursday told the Supreme Court that the National Judicial Appointments Commission, whose constitutional validity has been challenged, will not make fresh appointments of judges to higher judiciary till the matter is settled.
The Centre gave the assurance to a five-judge Constitutional bench headed by Justice J S Khehar. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said, he will first come and tell the court if any fresh appointment is made.
The bench had yesterday asked Rohatgi to take instruction from competent authority about the additional judges in High courts whose tenure is coming to an end in the immediate future when the matter will be pending before the court.
The court said, the commission will only deal with appointment of existing additional judges of High Courts, whose tenures are ending during pendency of the issue.