The panel of country's three top judges has refused to accept seven of the 15 names recommended by the Allahabad high court for appointment as judges in the biggest high court of the nation.
The panel, called the Supreme Court collegium, which finally decides whether the names recommended by 21 high courts across the country should be sent to the government for setting in motion the appointments process, has given its consent to eight other names sent from Allahabad, HT has learnt.The decision to return the names recommended by the Allahabad HC was taken by the collegium headed by former Chief Justice of India, Justice SH Kapadia, before his retirement on September 28.
The collegium is learnt to have cleared the names of Rakesh Srivastava, SP Kesarwani, Vipin Sinha, KN Bajpai, Manoj Kumar Gupta, Anjani Kumar Mishra, MC Tripathi and Sunit Kumar for appointment as HC judges.
In keeping with the long standing tradition, the Supreme Court collegium did not give any specific reason for declining the other seven names recommended by the Allahabad HC chief justice along with his two senior-most colleagues.
Nearly half of the sanctioned posts of judges in the Allahabad high court consistently remain vacant, official records show.
Of the total number of 160 posts of judges sanctioned for this high court, which is the largest number in the country, 75 posts are lying vacant.
Of the 85 judges presently working at the Allahabad and Lucknow benches of the high court, 28 of them are additional judges — meaning they are yet to be confirmed as full fledged judges.
The Allahabad high court also tops the list of having the maximum number of pending cases in any HC in the country.
According to information provided by the law ministry, as on December 31, 2011, out of a total number of around 43 lakh cases pending in all high courts, 10 lakh alone are in Allahabad.
It is followed by Madras with 4.6 lakh, Bombay 3.6 lakh and Calcutta 3.4 lakh pending cases.