The Supreme Court collegium led by Chief Justice of India J.S. Khehar has recommended 51 names for judges in 10 high courts.
There are more than 41 percent posts vacant at 24 high courts and only 632 judges have been sanctioned out of a total of 1,079, reported The Economic Times.
The collegium comprises Justices Dipak Misra and Jasti Chelameswar aside from CJI Khehar.
There were 90 names initially recommended by various high court collegiums. However, it was brought down to 51.
In total, out of 51 names, 20 judicial officers and 31 advocates were recommended by the collegium for appointment as HC judges. For the first time the SC collegium recommended 51 names within a span of 10 days to the government, the report adds.
Here's the list of high courts that will have new judges as per recommendations:
Bombay High Court--14
Punjab & Haryana HC-- 9
Telangana & Andhra Pradesh--6
The single vacancy in Sikkim HC too has been recommended to be filled.
Last year, the Supreme Court had expressed anguish over the Centre’s failure to implement the collegium’s decisions on transfer and appointment of judges, the Rajya Sabha was informed that 478 vacancies are yet to be filled up in 24 high courts of the country and nearly 39 lakh cases are pending there.
The government also said the sanctioned strength of judges in the high courts has increased from 906 in June 2014 to 1079 in June this year. Though the sanctioned strength has increased, according to the latest Law Ministry data, as on August 1, the working strength of the 24 high courts is 601 judges, which means 478 vacancies are yet to be filled up.