Referring to the 400 vacant positions in High Courts and many more in district courts across the country as a major issue, Thakur said, "To find 400 people worthy of being elevated to this position is not an easy task."
    
"Chief justices and judges of the Supreme Court, while selecting people for elevation, must go strictly by the beats of their conscience rather than any consideration," he added.
    
Addressing the legal fraternity at a function organised to bid farewell to outgoing CJI HL Dattu, Thakur said judiciary faces its toughest challenges today as people feel it has claimed to itself the power to appoint judges but has to come up to expectations of the people so that they do not
feel disappointed.
    
"This institution is facing its greatest challenge in recent times. Never before in our history has the institution faced challenges like the ones we are confronted with today. Striking down of the constitutional amendment that aimed at reforming the system has been commented upon  differently at different stages. The fallout of the judgement is that it has made the job of superior courts in the country much more onerous and difficult," Justice Thakur, who will take over as the 43rd Chief Justice of India today, said.

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