‘Cherry-picking’: Supreme Court warns Centre of contempt case over tribunal appointments

The Supreme Court has warned the Centre of a contempt case over the appointments made to various tribunals across the country. The court said it may initiate a case of contempt against central officials if appointments from the recommended list are not done any time soon.

The Supreme Court asked the Centre why it made appointments to tribunals “after cherry-picking from the waitlists” instead of appointing recommended persons against the vacancies.

During the hearing in the matter on Wednesday, the Supreme Court pulled up the Union government again, this time for “appointing persons [to tribunals] from waitlists instead of the persons actually recommended by the search-cum-selection committee”.

Earlier on Monday, the Supreme Court had come down heavily upon the Centre over its failure in filling vacancies in tribunals across the country despite multiple orders from the Court to that effect.

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