Eleven lawyers became judges in Punjab and Haryana HC, total 138 appointments so far this year, 2016 record broken
Punjab: Eleven lawyers were promoted to the rank of judges in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and with this, a total of 138 judges have been appointed in various high courts this year. The Law Ministry gave this information. The Supreme Court Collegium had recommended the names of 13 advocates, out of which 11 were approved by the government. Though the names are yet to be cleared by advocates HS Brar and Kudeep Tiwari, sources said that these names are still pending with the government.
The Justice Department of the Law Ministry said in a statement that , 26 judges were appointed to the High Courts of Allahabad, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Guwahati, Orissa and Himachal Pradesh. With the new appointments made on Sunday, the government has made 138 appointments in various high courts so far this year. Let us inform that in the year 2016, 126 appointments were made in the High Court.
There are 85 sanctioned posts of judges in the High Court. Despite the new appointments, 28 posts are still vacant. Law Minister Kiren Rijiju has congratulated everyone by tweeting the list of new judges. The Department of Justice of the Ministry of Law said in a statement that the appointment process in the higher judiciary has been expedited.
The names of the judges appointed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court are as follows- Nidhi Gupta, Sanjay Vashisht, Tribhuvan Dahiya, Namit Kumar, Harkesh Manuja, Aman Choudhary, Naresh Singh, Harsh Bangar, Jagmohan Bansal, Deepak Manchanda and Alok Jain. The Supreme Court Collegium in its meeting held on July 25 had approved a proposal to promote 13 advocates as judges in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
According to the proposals of the collegium uploaded on the website of the Supreme Court, the names of six lawyers in the Telangana High Court were also recommended by the collegium. It included the names of Engula Venkata Venugopal, Nagesh Bhimapaka, Pula Karthik P, Elamdhar, Kaja Sarath, Jagannagari Srinivasa Rao and Namavarapu Rajeswara Rao.