Supreme Court Collegium recommends 16 names for elevation as HC judges

The Supreme Court Collegium recommended 16 other names for elevation as four high court judges.

The Collegium headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, which met on Wednesday, cleared the names of six bailiffs and 10 lawyers as high court judges in Bombay, Gujarat, l ‘Orissa, Punjab and Haryana.

For Bombay HC, he recommended the elevation of the judicial officers AL Pansare, SC More, US Joshi-Phalke and BP Deshpande.

Six attorneys have been approved for elevation to the High Court of Gujarat: Mauna Manish Bhatt, Samir J Dave, Hemant M Prachchhak, Sandeep N Bhatt, Aniruddha Pradyumna Mayee, Niral Rashmikant Mehta and Nisha Mahendrabhai Thakore.

The recommended persons for the Orissa HC are the judicial officers Radha Krishna Pattanaik and Sashikanta Mishra and the lawyers Aditya Kumar Mohapatra and Mruganka Sekhar Sahoo.

The Collegium also authorized the proposal to elevate lawyer Sandeep Moudgil as a judge in the High Court of Punjab and Haryana.

With this, the number of judges recommended by the Collegium to various high courts since August has increased to 118.

According to the Justice Ministry, there are a total of 465 vacant positions – 281 permanent judge positions and 184 additional judge positions – in 25 high courts nationwide, compared to a sanctioned membership of 1,098 as of September 1, 2021. Allahabad HC has 68 vacancies, Punjab and Haryana HC 40, and Calcutta HC has 36 vacancies.