‘No direction can be issued to respondents to introduce amendment in the Lok Sabha’

The Madras High Court has rejected the plea of a lawyer to direct the Union government to enhance the retirement age of judges in Supreme Court and High Courts to 68 and 65 years respectively.

In his petition, V. Vasanthakumar said originally in the Constitution, the retirement age of High Court judges was fixed at 60 years and by an amendment in 1963, it was increased to 62. The Constitution (114th Amendment) Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2010, under which the age of retirement of Permanent Judges, Additional Judges and Acting Judges of High Court was sought to be increased from 62 to 65 years and the Bill was referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee by the Chairman of Rajya Sabha. The Bill was pending in Parliament.

As the Union government had not taken any steps to pass the Bill, he said he filed the present PIL.

Dismissing the petition, the First Bench, comprising Acting Chief Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justice M. Sathyanarayanan, said no direction could be issued to the respondents to introduce the amendment in the Lok Sabha.