ISLAMABAD The Supreme Court (SC) on Friday issued notices to Federation, Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) and Advocate Generals (AGs) of the four provinces pertaining to the procrastination of judges appointment in the superior judiciary, besides seeking complete record of the case by 18th February. A two-member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan and Justice Rehmat Hussain Jaffery also recommended to the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry for the constitution of a larger bench. The bench heard three constitutional petitions, which sought courts direction in the procrastination of judges appointment. Nadeem Ahmed Advocate, Khadim Nadeem Malik and Barrister Zafarullah in their separate pleas requested the apex court to take notice of unnecessary delay in judges appointment. The Registrar of the Supreme Court and provinces were also issued directions by the bench to compile and submit record pertaining to the recommendations made by respective chief justices for appointment of superior courts judges. The petitioners also pointed out that Federation failed to meet its constitutional duty under Articles 177, 182 and 193 and make timely appointments of the judges. During the course of Fridays proceedings, the apex court observed that under Article 181 of the Constitution, appointment of judges should be made immediately for provision of speedy justice as enshrined in Article 37. Advocate Akram Sheikh, counsel for Nadeem Advocate, argued in the petition that Government was delaying judges appointment deliberately. He argued the Government was bound to fill the vacant apex courts seats within 30 days, adding that the inordinate delay was aimed at paralysing the judiciary. He also requested the apex court to seek record regarding the Supreme Courts suggestions in this regard with the President and the Governors version on that matter. Sheikh also wrote in the petition that Article 90 of the Constitution vested the President with the executive authority of the Federation, who under the Article 48, except in cases where he is empowered by the Constitution to act in his own discretion, is always required to act on the advice of the Cabinet or the Prime Minister. Barrister Zafarullah argued that the promotion should be based on seniority. All the record of recommendations received from the judicial consultants has been presented before the court, he explained. He further argued that the SC might discover the real reasons behind the violation of the Articles 177, 182 and 193, and also direct the respondent (Federation) to submit its reply before the apex court in this regard. Justice Jaffery in his remarks said judges should be appointed on immediate basis according to Article 181 of the Constitution, adding that appointment of judges in superior judiciary was discretion of the Chief Justice of Pakistan. It was obligatory for the Government to follow the orders of the judiciary and the executive, he added. Meanwhile, the court adjourned the hearing till February 18.