Supreme Court Collegium names nine High Courts Chiefs

The Supreme Court Collegium on Tuesday recommended nine names to the government to be appointed as High Court Chief Justices. This move  of the Collegium headed by the Chief Justice of India J S Khehar came after much anticipation. With this move, there will be regular appointment of High Court justices instead of acting chiefs for several months altogether.

If these names are approved by the government then it’ll create history in terms of getting the highest number of appointment of High Court chief justices in a single round.This could also prove to be a major leap forward after the elongated tussle between the judiciary and the government over the appointment of judges.

The apex court had struck down the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) in October 2015, a heated undertone in the relation between the executive and the judiciary was evident. The government practically held back all recommendations made by the collegium. This eventually led to the shortage of chief justices in the High Courts of the country.

According to the Indian Express, the names recommended for the High Court chief justices appointments are: Justice Hemant Gupta for Madhya Pradesh High Court; Justice Abhilasha Kumari for Tripura High Court; Justice B D Ahmed for Jammu and Kashmir High Court; Justice Pradeep Nandarajog for Rajasthan High Court; Justice Rajendra Menon for Patna High Court; Justice T Vaiphei for Hyderabad High Court; Justice H G Ramesh for Madras High Court; Justice T B Radhakrishnan for Chhattisgarh High Court and Justice P K Mohanty for Jharkhand High Court.

 

SOURCES: Financial Express,

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Chaos Outside Madras HC as Lawyers Protest

Lawyers of the Madras High Court, on Monday, took action to demand the withdrawal of amendments made to the Advocates Act, 1961, in May this year. The primary cause of the agitation was the Bar Council of India’s decision to suspend 126 lawyers from Tamil Nadu, banning them from practising law in any part of the country. Amongst those suspended, include members of the Joint Action Committee, Bar Council of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu and more.
The amendments made to the Advocates Act gives the High Court the power to file disciplinary action against lawyers found to be violating terms. According to the Act, lawyers would be prosecuted for taking part in activities like trying to influence judges, protesting within the court’s premises, showing up in an intoxicated state and more.
These amendments were drawn up after continuous protests by lawyers in 2014 and 2015, continuing into this year. The lawyers argue that such rules prevent them from practicing the law freely and goes against their rights. The High Court, however, argues that that such guidelines help maintain the decorum of the court.
The lawyers chanted various slogans against Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Madras HC Chief Justice. Large groups of policemen were deployed as security around the HC and iron barricades were put up as additional protective measures. The situation saw signs of escalation when protestors attempted to trespass, but were prevented in time by the police.