Collegium approves 20 judges for 3 High Courts

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According to a statement uploaded on the apex court website, the Supreme Court Collegium in its meeting held on September 12, 2022 has approved the proposal for elevation of the following judicial officers..reports Asian Lite News

The Supreme Court Collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India U.U. Lalit, has approved the appointment of 20 judges to high courts of Punjab and Haryana, Bombay, and Karnataka.

According to a statement uploaded on the apex court website, the Supreme Court Collegium in its meeting held on September 12, 2022 has approved the proposal for elevation of the following judicial officers as judges in the Punjab & Haryana High Court: Gurbir Singh, Deepak Gupta, Amarjot Bhatti, Ritu Tagore, Manisha Batra, Harpreet Kaur Jeewan, Sukhvinder Kaur, Sanjiv Berry, and Vikram Aggarwal.

Another statement uploaded on the apex court website said: “The Supreme Court Collegium in its meeting held on 12th September, 2022 has approved the proposal for elevation of the following Advocates as Judges in the Bombay High Court: Santosh Govindrao Chapalgaonkar, and Milind Manohar Sathaye.”

The top court in a statement said: “The Supreme Court Collegium in its meeting held on 7th September, 2022 has approved the proposal for appointment of the following Additional Judges as Permanent Judges in the Karnataka High Court: Justice Mohammed Ghouse Shukure Kamal, Justice Rajendra Badamikar, and Justice Khazi Jayabunnisa Mohiuddin.”

According to another statement, the Supreme Court Collegium in its meeting held on September 7, 2022 has approved the proposal for elevation of the following judicial officers as judges in the Bombay High Court: Sanjay Anandrao Deshmukh, Yanshivraj Gopichand Khobragade, Mahendra Wadhumal Chandwani, Abhay Sopanrao Waghwase, Ravindra Madhusudan Joshi, and Vrushali @ Shubhangi Vijay Joshi.

Earlier, former CJI N.V. Ramana, during his farewell function, said “my collegium judges and consulting judges, in the last 16 months, we could appoint 11 judges to the apex court and out of the 255 recommended for the various high courts, 224 judges are already appointed”.

“This amounts to nearly 20 per cent of the total sanctioned strength of the high courts. Due to our concerted efforts, we could make considerable progress in appointing more women judges and promoting social diversity on the bench. We got 15 new chief justices for various high courts during the same period. This process is a reflection of the coherence and determination of the judges to strengthen our institution, to further the goal of justice,” he said.

Justice Ramana said the issues faced by the judiciary cannot be looked at in isolation and the judiciary is independent when it comes to adjudication of cases, but with respect to finances or appointments it is still dependent on the government.

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