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Centre Appoints Punjab & Haryana Chief Justice and 14 judges to High Court

Team SoOLEGAL 30 May 2018 2:03pm

Centre Appoints Punjab & Haryana Chief Justice and 14 judges to High Court

On Tuesday, the government cleared the appointment of Justice Krishna Murari of Allahabad HC as the chief justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court and the President is expected to issue the warrant of appointment soon.

Along with Justice Murari’s appointment as Punjab and Haryana High Court CJ, the government also cleared the appointment of 14 judges to various HCs, in addition to confirming the appointment of ad hoc judges of HCs as permanent ones.

Madras High Court, which has 56 judges as against the sanctioned strength of 75, got seven more judges in P T Usha, Subramonium Prasad, N Anand Venketesh, M Nirmal Kumar, Krishnan Ramaswami, C Sarvanan and G K Elanthirayan.

Madhya Pradesh High Court, which has 31 judges against the sanctioned strength of 53, got five more judges - Sanjay Dwivedi, Akhil Kumar Srivastava, Braj Kishore Srivastava, Rajendra Kumar Srivastava and Mohd Sahim Anwar. Karnataka HC, with 32 vacancies in a sanctioned strength of 62, got two new judges - Mohd Nawaz and H T Narendra Prasad.

The higher judiciary, facing a monstrous backlog of cases, is under strain because of huge vacancies in judges’ posts. SC, with a sanctioned strength of 31 judges including the CJI, has seven vacancies. The SC collegium headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra is considering names of many chief justices and senior judges of HCs for appointment as SC judges. The names, once finalised, will be sent along with the reiteration of Uttarakhand CJ K M Joseph. Justice Joseph’s name was returned by the government for reconsideration citing lack of seniority in the all-India list of judges, even though Justice Joseph is the seniormost among High Court CJs.

24 High Court have a sanctioned strength of 1,079 judges but are operating with only 666 judges, leaving 413 vacancies. 

Tagged: Punjab and Haryana High Court   14 judges   high court   Madras High Court   Madhya Pradesh High Court  
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