The Supreme Court has rejected a public interest writ petition seeking a direction to increase the retirement age of judicial officers and Judges of High Courts and the apex court.

A Bench of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi told the petitioner, advocate R.K. Kapoor, on Monday, “Your prayers require Constitution amendment to increase the retirement age of High Court and Supreme Court judges. There is an elected government. They must be aware of the pendency of cases and let them take a decision. We can’t give a mandamus to the government. You make your representation to the authorities, let them consider.”

When Mr. Kapoor said the retirement age could be raised considering the increased longevity of citizens, the CJI said: “Do you mean to say that parliamentarians are not aware of the pendency or about the increased longevity of citizens?”

The petition was filed for the enhancement of retirement age of subordinate judicial officers in States/Union Territories from 60 years to 62 years, and that of the High Court judges from 62 to 65 and of the Supreme Court judges from 65 to 68.

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