The Supreme Court may soon get five new judges. Sources said the central government may recommend the names of three high court chief justices and two high court judges for elevation to the Supreme Court of India.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court may soon get five new judges. Sources said the central government may recommend the names of three high court chief justices and two high court judges for elevation to the Supreme Court of India. The top court had recommended five names on December 13.
These names include Justice Pankaj Mittal (Chief Justice Rajasthan High Court), Justice Sanjay Karol (Chief Justice, Patna High Court), Justice PV Sanjay Kumar (Chief Justice Manipur High Court), Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah of Patna High Court and Allahabad High Court. Justice Manoj Mishra is involved.
Once the five take oath as judges of the Supreme Court, its working strength will go up to 32. The sanctioned strength of the top court is 34, including the Chief Justice of India. Its present working strength is 27.
Sources in the know of judicial appointments told sources that the Center is likely to clear their appointments soon. With this, the number of judges in the Supreme Court will increase to 32. At present there are 27 judges in the Supreme Court. According to sources, the Center may soon approve these names.
Let us tell you that on January 31, the Supreme Court Collegium had recommended two more names for elevation as judges of the apex court.
These included Justice Rajesh Bindal, Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court and Justice Arvind Kumar, Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court.
The six-member SC collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud, while recommending the names, said that on December 13, 2022, the names recommended by us will have priority over the two names currently recommended for appointment to the Supreme Court. Therefore, the appointments of the five judges recommended be notified separately on 13th December 2022