Published on: 16 July 2023 at 15:37 IST
The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the appointment of seven eminent legal professionals as judges in various High Courts across the country. The recommendations, signaling a concerted effort to fill vacancies and enhance the efficiency of the judiciary, are poised to have a positive impact on the administration of justice.
The Supreme Court Collegium, led by Chief Justice of India Chandrachud, has put forth recommendations for the appointment of judges to seven different High Courts across the country. In the case of the Kerala High Court, the Collegium has suggested four additional judges to be appointed as permanent judges. These individuals are Justice Basant Balaji, Justice Chandrasekaran Kartha Jayachandran, Justice Sophie Thomas, and Justice Puthen Veedu Gopal Pillai Ajithkumar. The names of these additional judges were unanimously recommended by the Kerala High Court collegium on March 17.
Moving on to the Gauhati High Court, the Supreme Court Collegium has recommended five additional judges for appointment as permanent judges. These individuals are Justice Kakheto Sema, Justice Devashish Baruah, Justice Malashree Nandy, Justice Marli Wankung, and Justice Arun Dev Chowdhary. The Gauhati High Court collegium had unanimously recommended these additional judges for permanent appointment on May 10.
In the case of the Chhattisgarh High Court, the Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the name of Additional Judge Justice Deepak Kumar Tiwari for appointment as a permanent judge. The collegium of the Chhattisgarh High Court had unanimously recommended his name for permanent appointment on April 11.
Similarly, in the Bombay High Court, the Supreme Court Collegium has recommended two additional judges, Justice Anil Laxman Pansare and Justice Sandeepkumar Chandrabhan More, for appointment as permanent judges. The collegium of the Bombay High Court had unanimously recommended these two additional judges for permanent appointment on April 12.
Moving to the Calcutta High Court, the Supreme Court Collegium has recommended three additional judges, namely Justice Krishna Rao, Justice Vibhas Ranjan De, and Justice Ajoy Kumar Mukherjee, for appointment as permanent judges.
For the Himachal Pradesh High Court, the Supreme Court Collegium has recommended two advocates, Ranjan Sharma and Bipin Chandra Negi, and a judicial officer, Rakesh Kainthala, for appointment as judges. The Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court, in consultation with his two senior-most colleagues, had recommended their names on December 5, 2022.
Lastly, for the Telangana High Court, the Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the names of a judicial officer, Sujana Kalasikam, and two advocates, Lakshminarayana Alishetty and Anil Kumar Jukanti, for appointment as judges.
The recommendation for Sujana Kalasikam was made by the Chief Justice of the Telangana High Court on October 23, 2022, in consultation with his two senior-most colleagues.
The recommended candidates include seasoned advocates, distinguished jurists, and legal scholars, each with a proven track record of excellence in their respective fields. Their expertise spans a wide range of legal domains, ensuring a comprehensive and diverse skillset among the proposed appointees.
The vacancies in the High Courts have been a matter of concern, often leading to delays in the dispensation of justice. The timely appointment of judges is crucial in ensuring an efficient and accessible judicial system, and the Supreme Court Collegium’s recommendations represent a significant step towards addressing this issue.