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Decision still pending on 12 names reiterated by SC collegium for appointment as judges

Last Updated on October 17, 2021 at 4:14 pm

The government is yet to decide on 12 names reiterated by the Supreme Court collegium between March and September this year for appointment as judges in four high courts, reportedly.

On different occasions, the government had returned these names to the Supreme Court collegium with a request to reconsider its recommendations to elevate these people as judges of high courts.

While five names are for the Calcutta High Court, three are for the Jammu and Kashmir HC. Two names each are for Karnataka and Allahabad high courts.

As per reports, between March and September this year, the Supreme Court collegium had reiterated to the government its recommendations to appoint these 12 candidates as high court judges. As per the system, high court collegiums send names of candidates they deem fit to be appointed as HC judges, to the Law Ministry. The ministry, in turn, attaches IB reports about the candidates and other details, before forwarding them to the Supreme Court collegium.

The apex court collegium then processes these names and recommends some to the government for elevation as HC judges.