New Delhi: The Supreme Court has slammed
the Karnataka High Court for not preparing the confidential
reports of several judicial officers in the state.
A Bench of Justices B S Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar in a
judgement directed the High Court and the state police to
ensure that the annual confidential reports are prepared at
the time of considering the promotion of the judicial
"With some regret and anxiety, we must notice that for all
the remaining years no confidential report of this officer,
and in fact, of many others as the record now reflects,
have been recorded by the High Court.
"We are unable to overlook this aspect as it is just
not as implicit or question of writing the confidential report
of a given officer but adversely affects the administration of
justice on one hand and dilutes the constitutional power and
functions of Superintendence of the High court on the other,"
the apex court said.
The Bench made the remarks while dealing with an appeal
filed by a judicial officer Khwaja against whom certain
criminal cases were pending including allegedly inciting
people on communal grounds while he was an advocate.
"The confidential report of an officer is a proper
document, which is expected to be prepared in accordance with
the rules and practice of the court, to form the basis while
considering the officer for promotion to a higher post and all
other service related matters, in future.
"Non-writing of the confidential reports is bound to
have unfair results. It affects the morale of the members of
the service. The timely written confidential reports would
help in putting an officer on notice if he is expected to
improve in discharging his duties," the apex court said.