Centre Clears 5 New Supreme Court Judges After Very Serious Warning

The center faced tough questions from the highest court on the topic a day ago.

New Delhi:

The names of five justices for the Supreme Court were removed by the center on Saturday, nearly two months after they were recommended, amid a long-running dispute between the executive branch and the judiciary over the process for appointing the Supreme Court. duty.

Rajasthan High Court Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal, Chief Justice Patna Sanjay Karol, Chief Justice of Manipur High Court PV Sanjay Kumar, High Court judge Patna Ahsanuddin Amanullah and Allahabad High Court judge Manoj Misra will now be Supreme Court justices.

Faced with tough questions from the highest court, the center promised a day ago that pending proposals by the so-called collective of judges for the upgrade of five high-level court judges high will be passed on Sunday.

Judges SK Kaul and AS Oka expressed displeasure at the delay in adopting recommendations on the transfer of senior court judges, calling it a “very serious matter” and warning warned that any delay in this matter could result in administrative and judicial actions that could become “very frustrating”.

When asked about the status of the Supreme Court consortium’s recommendations to the top court during a hearing on the two petitions, Attorney General R Venkataramani said the order to appoint the five judges is expected. will be issued in two days.

In scathing comments referring to the delay in approving the transfer of senior court judges, the high court said: “Don’t force us to take a stand, this will be very upsetting. … You’re going to make us make some very, very difficult decisions.” .”

The university system has become a major flashpoint between the Supreme Court and the center, with the magistrate’s appointment mechanism spurring a tense, unconventional debate that has led to sharp comments. of Law Minister Kiren Rijiju.

The group led by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud on December 13 last year proposed five judges to elevate to the Supreme Court.

Then, on 31 January, the council recommended to appoint Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court Rajesh Bindal and Chief Justice of Gujarat High Court Aravind Kumar for appointment as High Court judges.

While proposing two names earlier this week, Collegium said, “The names previously proposed by the council by resolution of December 13, 2022, will take precedence over the two names currently proposed to appointed to the Supreme Court.”

The highest court, which has 34 sanctioned judges including the Chief Justice, currently operates with 27 judges.


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