9 district judges await appointment

GOVT SLEEPS OVER HC RECOMMENDATIONS

AKSHAY AZAD

Jammu, Oct 31: Despite pendency of around 2.5 lakh cases in various courts of J&K, the state government is sleeping over the appointment of nine District and Sessions Judges, as recommended by the State High Court two months back.
Sources said the appointment process was initiated by the High Court after nine lawyers cleared the Higher Judicial Examination and the recommendations were sent to the State Law Department for routing it to the Governor who is the appointing authority under rules.
Sources said the recommendations were gathering dust in the power corridors for unknown reasons.
“The Law Department was supposed to forward the recommendations to Governor after the completion of the requisite verification process,” sources said, adding, “The file is however still lying with the department and no action has been taken so far.”
Secretary Law Department MI Tantray, however, said the delay in the appointment was only because of the slow verification process. “After getting the verifications completed, a formal approval will be required from the competent authority,” he said. “The process is likely to be completed by November.”
The names of nine advocates selected as district judges in August this year are Muhammad Altaf Khan, Haq Nawaz Zargar, Tahir Khurshid Raina, Shazia Tabsum, Tasleem Arief, Sonia Gupta, Rajinder Sapru, Naseer Ahmed Dar and Pawan Kumar Kundal. The panel was approved in the full court meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Justice MM Kumar on August 13.
Around 215 candidates had appeared in the Higher Judiciary (Direct Recruitment) Examination conducted by the High Court. Though 13 posts were desired to be filled up and 15 candidates were shortlisted for interview, only nine candidates were declared successful.
As per latest figures, nearly 2.5 lakh cases were pending in various courts including both the wings of state high court. About 17,000 cases pending with the Subordinate Courts for the past 5-10 years while as nearly 9500 cases are lying with the High Court for disposal.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 1 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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