Judicial Appointments: 126 out of 164 High Court Collegium recommendations pending with Central government

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The information was given by Law Minister Kiren Rijiju in response to a question posed by CPI(M) MP John Brittas in the ongoing winter session of Parliament.

Of the 164 proposals made by High Court Collegiums for appointment of judges to various High Courts, at least 126 are pending before the Central government, data given by Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju in Parliament today revealed.

As per the Law Minister’s reply, out of the 164 proposals received, 31 are pending with the Supreme Court Collegium while 7 have been remitted to the High Courts.

The following is the status of the remaining 126:

  • Number of proposals pending with Department of Justice (DoJ) which are yet to be sent to Supreme Court Collegium – 75
  • Number of proposals recommended by SC Collegium and pending with DoJ – 35
  • Number of proposals submitted to Prime Minister’s Office – 3
  • Number of proposals submitted to Ministry of Law & Justice – 13

Further, the number of proposals which have been remitted/returned by the Central government to the High Courts on the advice of the Supreme Court Collegium is 55.

The information was given in a written reply to a question by Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament John Brittas, who belongs to the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

The reply also said that in the year 2021, 9 judges have been appointed to the Supreme Court and 118 to various High Courts as on November 29.

“Filling up of vacancies in the High Courts is a continuous, integrated and collaborative process between the Executive and the Judiciary. It requires consultation and approval from various constitutional authorities both at state and central level. While every effort is made to fill up the existing vacancies expeditiously, vacancies of Judges in High Courts do keep on arising on account of retirement, resignation or elevation of Judges and also due to increase in the strength of Judges.” the reply stated.

Chief Justice of India NV Ramana had recently appreciated Rijiju’s efforts in quickly acting on Collegium recommendations.

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