New Delhi: Batting a new record, the Supreme Court of India has for the first time recommended 68 names in one go for elevation as judges to 12 High Courts of the country, including in Allahabad, Rajasthan and Calcutta, that are facing a severe crunch.
A three-member Supreme Court Collegium – headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana recommended the names. The names of the judges for elevation have been recommended for the following High Courts – Allahabad, Rajasthan, Calcutta, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Madras, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab and Haryana, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Assam.
In the meetings held on August 25 and September 1, the Collegium considered the names of 112 candidates – 82 from the Bar and 31 from the Judicial Service. Among the names cleared for 12 High Courts, 44 are from the Bar and 24 are from the Judicial Service.
This round of recommendations witnessed yet another historic first.
A female judicial officer belonging to Scheduled Tribe – Marli Vankung – has been recommended by the Collegium for elevation to the Gauhati High Court. She will be the first-ever High Court Judge from Mizoram.
In all, there are 10 women who have been recommended for elevation.