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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