6 Collegium Meetings Held by CJI in 30 Days for Filling Court Vacancies

Team SoOLEGAL 12 Nov 2018 11:30am

6 Collegium Meetings Held by CJI in 30 Days for Filling Court Vacancies

Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi has held six crucial Collegium meetings in 30 days – since he assumed the office – for filling up of 4 vacancies in the Supreme Court and 29 in high courts to deal with the huge pendency of cases.

During the first Collegium meet called by CJI Gogoi, on October 9, decisions were taken to recommend:

  1. Seven judicial officers as Karnataka HC judges,
  2. Five judicial officers and advocates as Kerala HC judges,
  3. Three additional judges of Madras HC as permanent judges of the same court.

On the same day, the Collegium had cleared names of five judges for appointment as Chief Justices, as follows:

  1. Vijay Kumar Bist as Chief Justice of Sikkim
  2. D K Gupta as Chief Justice of Calcutta
  3. A S Bopanna as Chief Justice of Gauhati
  4. Ramesh Ranganathan as Chief Justice of Uttarakhand
  5. N H Patil as Chief Justice of Bombay High Court.

Read more: Chief Justice Vacancies filled in all High Courts with 5 New Appointments

The second Collegium meeting led by Chief Justice Gogoi was held on October 24, in which 7 additional judges of the Gauhati High Court were made permanent judges of the same court. In addition, three judicial officers were elevated as judges of the Madhya Pradesh HC from among five advocates and five judicial officers – recommended by the HC Collegium on April 11.

On the same day, the name of one judicial officer Suvra Ghosh was cleared by the Collegium as the Calcutta High Court judge, while deferring the proposal for elevation of another officer Rabindranath Samanta.

The Collegium, which also consisted of justices Lokur and Joseph on the same day recommended names of 2 judicial officers, Lalit Batra and Arun Kumar Tyagi, as judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. However, the Collegium did not clear names of judicial officers Neena Chaudhary and Bidhu Bhushan Pathak for elevation and remitted back the proposal to the Chief Justices of the Punjab and Haryana and Bihar HCs respectively.

On October 29, in its third meeting, the Collegium consisting of CJI and Justices Lokur Joseph, AK Sikri and Bobde effected the transfer of 11 judges from one high court to the other.

On the same day, a three-judge Collegium led by Chief Justice Gogoi also recommended the appointment of:

  1. Himachal Pradesh HC Justice Sanjay Karol as Chief Justice of Tripura HC,
  2. Allahabad HC Justice A P Sahi as Chief Justice of Patna HC,
  3. Madhya Pradesh HC Justice S K Seth as Chief Justice of the same court,
  4. Allahabad HC Justice Govind Mathur as Chief Justice of the same court.

Just a day after (on October 30), the CJI headed Collegium, including justices Madan B Lokur, Kurian Joseph, A K Sikri and S A Bobde, recommended elevation of four chief justices as judges of the apex court. And the Central Government created history by clearing all the names, recommended for appointment as CJs, within 48 hours. All the four CJs, including Justices R Subhash Reddy, Hemant Gupta, M R Shah, and Ajay Rastogi were sworn in as SC judges on November 2.

Read more: SC Collegium recommends names of 4 High Court CJs for elevation as Supreme Court Judges

In its fifth meeting, on October 31, the SC Collegium cleared the names of 13 judicial officers as the judges of Allahabad High Court. On the same day, the Collegium also cleared name of one judicial officer (Akshaya Kumar Mishra) as judge of the Orissa High Court. Also, it cleared names of the following three judicial officers as judges of the Uttarakhand High Court

  1. Narayan Singh Dhanik
  2. Ramesh Chandra Khulbe
  3. Ravindra Maithani

The SC Collegium on the same day also remitted as many as 6 out of the 8 names sent to it for appointment as the Orissa HC judges, where judicial work has been hit by lawyers’ strike since August end.

Tagged: SC Collegium   CJI Ranjan Gogoi   Chief Justice Gogoi   Collegium Meetings   Judicial Appointments   Court Vacancies  
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