Whopping 38% judges posts vacant

Whopping 38% judges posts vacant

Whopping 38% judges posts vacant
September 17
09:49 2019

Political intervention and growing Vacancies in high courts has hit not only the judicial process and its quality of service in India,with no incumbents for 38 percent of the sanctioned posts for permanent and additional judges.

Even as high courts function at a reduced strength,the appointment process remains dogged by political controversy.Most recently,the transfer of Madras High Court Chief Justice V.K. Tahilramani to the much-smaller Meghalaya High Court caused the judge to resign.She was allegedly transferred because she refused to elevate two ineligible lawyers to the high court bench.

According to data from the Law Ministry India’s 25 high courts have a sanctioned strength of 1,079 judges,of which 414 are currently vacant,The high courts,the second-highest court in the judicial hierarchy,face a staggering pendency 43 lakh cases.

The Allahabad High Court,the largest high court in the country,also has the highest number of vacancies,58 against a sanctioned strength of 160.The Punjab & Haryana High Court came second with 37 vacancies against a sanctioned strength of 85,followed by the high courts of Karnataka (sanctioned strength 62) and Calcutta (sanctioned strength 72), which have 31 vacancies each.

A three-member Supreme Court collegium serves as the final authority on appointing high court judges (a five-judge collegium oversees Supreme Court appointments),aided by the collegium of the high court concerned.
Another Supreme Court collegium recommendation from May,to appoint Justice A.Kureshi of the Bombay High Court as Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court,is also pending as the Centre has requested the collegium to reconsider his candidature.

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