53 addl judges el­e­vated; no ap­point­ments

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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.—

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