"We have a chart here detailing the list of Collegium recommendations for appointments and transfers. We can give it to you. There are 75 names of HC judges recommended by the Collegium. These include names for appointments and transfers of HC judges, including Chief Justices. There is nothing on them from your side so far," Chief Justice Thakur said. Chief Justice Thakur slammed the Centre, as saying the government is the biggest litigant but it blames courts for not doing their work well.

"You can't leave a situation where courts are allowed to be shut down. Accessibility to courts can't be allowed to a grinding halt. Tell us where the files are. There has to be some accountability. If you have any problems with the names, send it back. Collegium can consider. You can't sit over files and not process the recommendations," Justice Thakur said.

He asked Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to give details of compliance of decisions of Collegium with respect to appointment and transfer of Supreme Court and High Court judges. "I will take it up at the highest level and will come back to the court," the Attorney General replied to the Supreme Court.

Earlier in April this year, the Chief Justice broke down at a meeting in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, lamenting government's "inaction" in increasing the number of judges from the present 21,000 to 40,000 to handle the "avalanche" of litigations, saying, "You cannot shift the entire burden on the judiciary".

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