ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the federal government to fill the vacant posts of judges at all the special courts and submit their notifications on July 10.A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain heard the case of shortage of judges at special courts.Deputy Attorney General Aleem Abbasi informed the apex court that law ministry had sent the summaries to the prime minister regarding appointment of judges on vacant posts at Karachi and Hyderabad’s special courts.Justice Jawwad S Khawaja questioned why for the last 14 months these vacancies could not be filled? He asked whether in the summary it had been pointed out to the prime minister who was responsible for the delay. The chief justice asked him to probe the matter and fix the responsibility.The CJ remarked that the accused got free due to the non-availability of judges at central anti-corruption courts in Karachi and Hyderabad. He said the court was unable to understand why the delay took place. The chief justice said the accused, who were granted bail were influential, adding the bails were granted on discretionary basis.Aleem Abbasi informed the court that law ministry itself could not appoint the judges without approval of summaries by the prime minister. He said there were 17 vacant posts of judges in various courts, including anti-corruption, anti-narcotics, accountability and banking.The case was adjourned till July 10.