In an unprecedented decision, the Supreme Court Collegium led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) NV Ramana has recommended as many as 68 names at once for appointment as judges of 12 High Courts, including in Allahabad, Rajasthan and Calcutta, which are facing a heavy blow.
The three-member Collegium, which also includes Judges UU Lalit and Judge AM Khanwilkar, has created another first as Marli Vankung becomes the first female bailiff of Mizoram whose name has been sent to the Center for Judiciary in the Gauhati High Court, sources told PTI news agency.
Marli Vankun is also a member of the Scheduled Tribe community, they said, adding that in addition to her, nine other female candidates have been recommended for judgeship on several high courts.
At its meetings, held on August 25 and September 1, the Collegium considered as many as 112 candidates for elevation as high court judges.
“Of the 68 acquitted before 12 high courts, 44 are from the Bar and 24 from the Judiciary,” they said.
Sixty-eight judges, if approved by the Center, will be appointed to the high courts of Allahabad, Rajasthan, Calcutta, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Madras, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab and Haryana, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Assam.
These names have been recommended on the heels of the Collegium recommending seven names for the Telangana High Court on August 17 this year.
In a landmark decision on Aug. 17, the five-member Collegium led by the CJI had recommended nine names for Supreme Court justice, including three women.
The names were cleared by the Center at a rapid pace, leading to a landmark swearing-in ceremony on August 31, when the new judges were given the oath of office as Supreme Court justices.
Among them were the judges Abhay Shreeniwas Oka, Vikram Nath, Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari, Hima Kohli and BV Nagarathna.
The CJI also took the oath of office to Judges CT Ravikumar, MM Sundresh, Bela M Trivedi and PS Narasimha, a senior lawyer and former Additional Attorney General.
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