53 addl judges elevated; no appointments
In the last one week, 53 additional judges in eight high courts have been elevated as permanent judges but no fresh appointments were made in the higher judiciary, including the Supreme Court.
Separate Law ministry notifications issued between March 7 and 10 said that while 17 additional judges have been elevated as permanent judges in the Madhya Pradesh High Court, 10 judges were elevated in the Rajasthan High Court.
Similarly, six, seven and three additional judges have been elevated as permanent judges in the high courts of Bombay, Gujarat and Calcutta respectively.
While five additional judges were elevated as permanent judges in the Kerala High Court, four have been elevated in the Allahabad High Court and one in Manipur.
Additional judges have a tenure of two years following which most are elevated as permanent judges. Sources in the government said the elevations were routine in nature but no fresh judges have been appointed in the recent past.
The recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium to elevate Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph and senior advocate Indu Malhotra to the apex court is pending with the government since January.—
The Supreme Court on Monday took note of the Centre’s response that the Jammu and Kashmir government has indicated that it would consider setting up of a state minority commission and disposed of a PIL alleging that the benefits accruing to minorities there were being taken away by majority Muslim community.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud considered the submissions of Attorney General KK Venugopal that the state government will consider and examine the need and feasibility of setting up of the state minority commission.
Venugopal read out the redrawn minutes forwarded by the Office Memorandum (OM) of February 23, issued by the central government after the meeting held on Janu- ary 12 between it and other stake holder states including the Jammu and Kashmir.
“The state government of Jammu and Kashmir has, in principle, given indication that (it) will consider and examine the need and feasibility of setting up of a state minority commission at the relevant point of time as and when need arises based upon the critical study of the social and educational backwardness of the minorities spread across various regions of the state,” the memorandum said.
The A-G said that to cater to the special needs of minorities, a special project - Chief Minister Inclusive Development Initiative - has been formulated by the state.
“The said project will have focussed development effort for certain special segments of the society,” he said referring to the OM.—