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Centre notifies names, Punjab and Haryana high court gets 6 new judges

These are advocate Arvind Singh Sangwan; former additional advocate general Mahabir Singh Sindhu; former Haryana senior deputy advocate general Rajbir Sehrawat; senior advocate Anil Khetrapal; Sudhir Mittal, son of a senior high court advocate, and taxation lawyer Avneesh Jhingan.

punjab Updated: Jul 06, 2017 21:41 IST
HT Correspondent
Punjab and Haryana high court.
Punjab and Haryana high court. (HT Photo)

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday got six more judges with the central government notifying names of six lawyers as its additional judges.

These are advocate Arvind Singh Sangwan; former additional advocate general Mahabir Singh Sindhu; former Haryana senior deputy advocate general Rajbir Sehrawat; senior advocate Anil Khetrapal; Sudhir Mittal, son of a senior high court advocate, and taxation lawyer Avneesh Jhingan.

While Jhingan is from the Punjab Bar, others are from the Haryana Bar. The list cleared by the high court collegium in June 2016 also included name of lawyer Harnaresh Singh Gill.

THE COURT STATUS
  • Sanctioned strength: 85
  • Number of judges: 47
  • Shortage: 38
  • No of judges to retire this year: 4

Reports had suggested that the Supreme Court collegium in July last year had cleared the names of seven advocates. With these appointments, the number of judges at the high court will increase to 53 against the sanctioned strength of 85.

The logjam between the Centre and the Supreme Court over the memorandum of procedure for appointment to higher judiciary is believed the reason behind the delay in appointments.

No lawyer was appointed to the post since September 2014.

In December 2016, names of legal remembrancer and administrative secretary, Haryana (law and legislative department), Kuldip Jain; Faridabad district and sessions judge Inderjeet Mehta and Panipat district and sessions judge Anil Kumar Singh Panwar’s names were cleared by the high court collegium in December 2016 but are still under consideration.

The shortfall has virtually crippled the functioning of the court, with the number of cases before many of the judges crossing 100 per day. At least four judges of the high court are to retire this year. Justice Darshan Singh retired on Thursday.