JK HC set to get 6 new judges

Supreme Court Approves Panel Of 2 District Judges, 4 Lawyers


Jammu, Nov 3: Supreme Court of India has finally approved a panel of six new High Court judges for Jammu and Kashmir – the decision which was pending for past around one year.
Highly placed sources told Greater Kashmir on Saturday that a Collegium of the Apex Court has cleared the names of six persons – two senior most district judges and four lawyers –for being appointed as additional judges of the state High Court, which has been facing severe crisis due to the shortage of about 50 per cent of the judges.
Out of the total sanctioned strength of 14 judges, only seven judges, including Chief Justice, are presently posted at the High Court, resulting in backlog of cases. Official figures reveal that due to the vacancy of Judges in the High Court, the pendency of cases has crossed more than 80,000.
Sources said that all the six persons on the panel have been cleared by the Apex Court. They include Special Judge, CBI Court Jammu, BL Bhat, and Registrar General JK High Court Janak Raj Kotwal, Member, from the Judges quota. The proposed names from the Bar quota include senior Additional Advocate General Srinagar, Ali Muhammad Magray, senior lawyer, Azhar-ul-Amin, Senior Advocate DS Thakur and Advocate Tashi Robertson from Leh.
“Though there is no official communication in this regard as of now but we have been told that the panel has been cleared by the Supreme Court”, an official in the state Law Department said.
He said the approval would be communicated by the Supreme Court to the Union Ministry of Law and Justice, which has its own formalities before it forwards the same to the President of India for issuance of Warrant of Oath.
“Once the warrants are issued, the new High Court judges would be administered oath by the Governor”, he added.
In June this year, a Collegium of the State High Court, headed by the then Chief Justice, had recommended the names of five advocates and two judges for the vacant posts. However, after the death of Advocate Hakim Ishtiyaq Hussain, the number came down to six.
As per the procedure, three senior most judges of High Court, including Chief Justice and two others, recommend the names of the persons to be appointed as judges to the Law department and the Chief Minister. These names are then forwarded to Governor. The Governor then forwards these names to the Supreme Court Collegium.
The names after clearance from the SC are then sent to the Union Law ministry, which after securing clearance from various intelligence agencies finally forwards the names to the President of India.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 3 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 3 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 4 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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