Law ministry clears appointment of Allahabad, Calcutta high court judges
The notification is the first set of appointments of HC judges since CJI Dipak Misra took over on August 28. HT had reported that judges’ vacancies were around 40%india Updated: Sep 19, 2017 20:26 IST
The law ministry issued on Tuesday notifications for appointment of 25 additional judges in two high courts — 19 to the Allahabad high court and six others to the Calcutta high court — bringing down to some extent large scale vacancies in the two courts which are among the worst affected by the problem.
Allahabad high court had last week started working an additional day in the week turning Saturdays into working days.
This is the first set of appointments of high court judges since Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra took over on August 28.
The Allahabad HC has an approved strength of 160 judges was functioning with 91 before Tuesday’s notification. The high court will still be 50 judges short after these fresh appointments. Shortage in the Calcutta HC will come down to 35, just below half of the sanctioned strength of 72.
HT had reported on Sunday that judges’ vacancies in the 24 HCs were hovering around 40% with as many as 413 vacancies against 1,079 posts.
The government had in the last round appointed 15 additional judges to the Allahabad (nine) and Punjab and Haryana (six) high courts on July 6 after which no new appointments were made in August.
Six high courts are still functioning under acting CJs: Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Calcutta, New Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Manipur.
Officials in the ministry said the SC collegium — a body of five top judges of the country headed by the CJI that selects judges for appointment — has to take a call on these.
They added as many as 61 names for appointment as high court judges forwarded to SC collegium are pending. These were sent to the SC collegium during the previous CJI’s term.
The 61 recommendations include 36 names sent by eight high courts — including Calcutta, Jharkhand, Madras and Bombay — for appointment as judges and 25 names sent by five high courts for elevation of additional judges to permanent judges.