More than 31% of posts of judges in various High Courts and the Supreme Court are lying vacant, Law Minister Salman Khurshid said in the Lok Sabha.
Of the 895 sanctioned posts of judges in the Apex Court and 21 High Courts of the country, 284 were vacant as on August 1, 2011, Khurshid said. The largest number of vacancies is in Allahabad High Court where 98 of 160 posts - more than 61% - have not been filled. Himachal Pradesh HC is the only one which has no vacancies. Sikkim HC is functioning with just one judge against its sanctioned strength of three.
As on September 30, 2010 the 21 HCs had a cumulative pendency of 42,17,903 cases.