India’s chief justice makes emotional appeal for more judges


India’s chief justice on Sunday made a rare and emotional appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to double the number of judges to handle an “avalanche” of backlogged cases. T S Thakur, who took over as chief justice last year, spoke of the enormous workloads of judges who were struggling to clear an ever-growing amount of litigation in India’s notoriously slow legal system Thakur, choking and stopping several times to wipe his eyes with a hankerchief, urged Modi—seated nearby at a conference—to work with the judiciary to resolve the crisis, which he said was holding back the economy. “It is…

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