New Delhi, Jan 11 (PTI) Chief Justice of India J S Khehar
today said the shortfall in the number of judges was affecting
work in the apex court, which currently has 23 judges against
the sanctioned strength of 31 and indicated that efforts would
be made to fill up vacancies.The important observations were made when senior advocate
Rajeev Dhavan sought early hearing of a civil appeal
pertaining to an inter-state dispute."We are so short of strength that it is difficult to
manage day-to-day affairs," a bench comprising the CJI and
Justice D Y Chandrachud said."We will increase our strength. Wait till the month end,"
the bench said, indicating that steps would be taken to fill
up the vacancies in the top court.The recent retirement of CJI T S Thakur, who had been
raising the issue of vacancies in judiciary, has truncated the
strength of the apex court bench to 23.