The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday directed the Uttar Pradesh Government to file an affidavit indicating the time it requires to fill up existing vacancies in the state’s revenue courts.
The Division Bench of Justices Ritu Raj Awasthi and Saroj Yadav passed this direction while hearing a suo motu case registered by the Court to address the issue of long-pending vacancies.
In November last year, the High Court had asked the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary to file an affidavit indicating the steps taken by the state government to provide necessary infrastructure to revenue courts in the state.
The court in January 2021 registered a suo motu case titled “Suo Motu With Regard To Filling Up All Vacancies In Revenue” to check the lack of judicial officers in these courts.
It had expressed disappointment at the state’s failure to file an affidavit with regard to the efforts made in fulfilling the existing vacancies.
The Court has asked the Standing Counsel to appear before the Court on February 24, with complete instructions as to within what period the existing vacancies in the Revenue Courts would be filled up.
The Standing Counsel informed the Court that an affidavit has been prepared and will be filed in the Registry during the course of the day.
On a query being made by this Court from the Standing Counsel as to within what period the existing vacancies in the Revenue Courts would be filled up, the Standing Counsel said he is not in a position to give an answer. The next hearing will be on February 24.