Collegium clears 19 names for Judges in HCs

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

The three senior judges of the collegium - Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices J Chelameswar and Ranjan Gogoi - who met on Monday, agreed to recommendations to make permanent two additional judges of Himachal Pradesh, 18 additional judges of Madhya Pradesh, two of Jharkhand and two of Chhattisgarh high courts.

On October 31, the senior counsels of Advocates Association of Bengaluru also passed a unanimous resolution threatening a hunger strike if the appointment of judges was not made before December 15. The chief minister has also flagged representations received from advocates' bodies that the recommendations do not provide an opportunity to the cross-section of society for being on the bench of the high court.

The names were put forward by the chief justices of the high court in consultation with their two senior-most colleagues. Incidentally, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had opposed in writing names of some of the recommendees as did the State Governor.

With regard to Calcutta High Court, the collegium accepted the recommendation of the chief justice and gave its nod for the elevation of five lawyers as judges.

The Karnataka Governor also conveyed that some of the candidates do not meet the requirement of efficiency in their performance but did not specify names. The Collegium said it would wait to get the inputs verified before taking a final decision in the case. "As he does not qualify the income criterion, the proposal for his elevation to High Court does not inspire confidence and is, therefore, rejected".

A lawyer recommended by the Karnataka HC collegium was found "unsuitable" while names of four others were sent back to the HC for reconsideration. "It rejected the name of Advocate Piush Chaturvedi, as "...his average professional income is well below the prescribed minimum professional income limit. One name was turned down because the person was older than 55, the maximum prescribed age for advocates recommended for elevation to the high court, said The Indian Express report. The Collegium, on the same day, recommended advocate Arindam Lodh for appointment as judge in the Tripura High Court.

However, it said, "Assessment of performance of the persons recommended is done objectively by the judiciary at the high court and Supreme Court level; and as far as integrity, character and conduct etc are concerned, Intelligence Bureau, on verification, has reported that the recommendees enjoy a good personal and professional image and nothing adverse has come to the notice against their integrity".

Meanwhile, former judge of High Court A N Venugopala Gowda and two advocates moved the Karnataka High Court seeking directions for early appointment of judges. It also recommended Justice Narendar G, additional Judge, for appointment as permanent judge of the Karnataka High Court.

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