The proposal includes names of 44 advocates and 24 judicial officers The Supreme Court Collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana, has recommended 68 names, including 44 advocates and 24 judicial officers, for appointment as judges in 12 High Courts of the country. The 12 High Courts for which the recommendations have been made, include Allahabad, Rajasthan, Calcutta, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Madras, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab & Haryana, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Assam. A three-member Collegium, comprising the CJI, Justice U.U. Lalit and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, cleared the names in the meetings held on August 24 and September 1. The Collegium considered the names of 112 candidates – 82 from the Bar and 31 from the Judicial Service. A lady judicial officer belonging to the Scheduled Tribe Marli Vankung got the nod from the Collegium for elevation to the Gauhati High Court. She will be the first ever High Court Judge from Mizoram.
Besides her, nine other women candidates have been recommended for judgeship in various High Courts. While 16 names were recommended for appointment to the Allahabad High Court, 8 were chosen for Kerala, 10 for Calcutta High Court, 7 for Rajasthan, 5 each for Gauhati and Jharkhand, 4 each for Punjab & Haryana and Madras, 2 for Chhattisgarh, and 1 for Madhya Pradesh. The Collegium has reiterated the name of Farzad Ali (presently an Advocate). As per the Department of Justice, as on September 1, 2021, there were 465 vacancies in the 25 High Courts — 281 of permanent judges and 184 of Additional Judges — against a sanctioned strength of 1,098. Of these, the Allahabad High Court accounted for 68 vacancies, Punjab & Haryana for 40 and Calcutta for 36. On August 17, the Collegium had cleared seven names for the Telangana High Court. On the same day, the five-member Collegium of Supreme Court had recommended 9 names for elevation to the Bench of Supreme Court.
The names were cleared with significant pace by the Centre, leading to a historic swearing-in ceremony on August 31, when the new judges were administered oath of office as apex court judges. This has taken the total bench strength of Supreme Court to 33, leaving it with only one vacancy that arose after the August 17 meeting of the Collegium. According to observers, the recommendations in huge numbers and in quick succession are indicative of the determination of the leadership of Supreme Court to address the issue of vacancies in higher judiciary with utmost priority.
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