"After the two recent retirements in May and June this year, the number of division benches was reduced by one. After the next retirement, the number of division benches will further go down," a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said.
Justices Deepa Sharma and S P Garg had retired in May and June respectively, while Justices P S Teji and Pratibha Rani are expected to retire in August. This will bring down the strength of the Delhi High Court to 34 from the existing 36.
The observation by the bench came after senior advocate Kirti Uppal said he had recently raised the issue before the Supreme Court and pointed out that matters were getting delayed due to the less number of judges.
The issue came up for discussion when the court was hearing a petition by a doctor who questioned the approval given to Indian drug company, Gennova Biopharmaceuticals Ltd, with regard to its biosimilar drug of Tenecteplase which is used for treating patients who have suffered stroke.
The bench said the matter was not a PIL and sent it to a single judge bench for hearing.
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