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HCs without full time chief justices set to go up to 7 next week

As on October 1, the total number of vacancies of HC judges stood at 387 as against 1079 sanctioned positions.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2017 13:01 IST
Jatin Gandhi
The total number of vacancies of high court  judges stood at 387 as against 1079 sanctioned positions.
The total number of vacancies of high court judges stood at 387 as against 1079 sanctioned positions. (Representative image )

Karnataka high court Chief Justice S K Muherjee will retire on October 9, taking the number of high courts without regular CJs in the country to seven.

There are 24 HCs in the country of which the HCs of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Calcutta, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Manipur are without a full-time chief justice, sources in the law ministry said.

The Andhra Pradesh and Telangana HC has had an acting CJ since July 30 last year while the Calcutta high court has an acting chief justice since December 1, 2016. Acting CJs were appointed to the Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Manipur high courts this year. Sources in the ministry confirmed there is no move to fill these vacancies in the next few days.

Justice Mukherjee’s name was recommended for transfer to the Uttarakhand high court in May last year but it did not go through. He was to replace the Uttarakhand HC CJ K M Joseph who had sought a transfer on health grounds and was recommended for transfer to the Andhra Pradesh/Telangana HC. The government is yet to take a call on the two recommendations of the Supreme Court collegium.

On October 1, the total number of vacancies of HC judges stood at 387 as against 1079 sanctioned positions.

Despite a string of appointments last month, Allahabad HC is still 50 judges short of the sanctioned strength of 160 while Calcutta HC has more than half of the 72 judges’ posts still lying vacant.

Nearly a third of HC judges’ posts are still vacant in the country amid the wait for a new set of guidelines for appointments. The Memorandum of Procedure (MOP) stuck due to differences between the judiciary and the executive over its contours.