Govt forwards 78 names to SC Collegium for appointment as HC judges

NEW DELHI: With high courts facing a shortage of 470 judges, the Government has forwarded to the Supreme Court Collegium names of 78 persons from state judicial services and the bar recommended by various state collegiums for appointment as judges.

Sources in the Government said the recommendations made by various high court collegiums have been forwarded to the SC Collegium in two sets of 57 and 21.

As per the established practice, the high courts send their recommendations to the Centre which, in turn, “processes” the file such as seeking Intelligence Bureau reports on the candidates and forwards them to the SC Collegium for a decision.

After going though the recommendations, the SC Collegium then recommends some of the names for appointment or elevation. The Government, based on its feedback, either accepts the recommendation or returns it to the SC Collegium with a request to reconsider.

The 24 high courts in the country are short of 470 judges, up from 443 in January this year, latest data show. (AGENCIES)