Collegium Clears 9 Names for Appointment as SC Judges, 3 Women on the List
IANS 18 August 2021
Ending the nearly two-year long deadlock, Supreme Court collegium headed by chief justice NV Ramana and comprising four senior most judges is learnt to have recommended nine names for appointment to the top court. Supreme Court judge Justice Navin Sinha is set to retire on Wednesday, which will leave the 10 vacancies out of 34 in the top court.
 
According to sources familiar with the development, out of these 10 vacancies, the collegium has zeroed in on nine names. There has been no appointment after September 2019.
 
The list of recommendations includes three women judges, including BV Nagarathna from the Karnataka High Court, who if elevated now, could become the country's first woman chief justice of India (CJI) in February 2027 and occupy the post until 29 October 2027, for eight months. Justice Nagarathna would succeed justice Surya Kant as CJI in February 2027. Justice Nagarathna's father, justice ES Venkataramiah, had been a CJI for a few months in 1989.
 
Chief justice Ramana's predecessor chief justice SA Bobde did not make a single appointment during his 17-month tenure, as he couldn't build a consensus on several names, which stalled appointments in the top court.
 
The other two women judges selected by the collegium are justice Hima Kohli, who is the chief justice of Telangana HC, and justice Bela Trivedi, who is a judge in the Gujarat High Court. Senior advocate PS Narasimha is the collegium's choice for direct appointment to the bench. Advocate Narasimha's recommendation has come nearly a week after the retirement of justice Rohinton F Nariman, who was the fifth lawyer to be directly appointed from the bar.
 
Other names finalised by the collegium are: justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka, chief justice of Karnataka High Court; Vikram Nath, chief justice of Gujarat High Court; justice Jitendra Kumar Maheshwari, chief justice of Sikkim High Court; justice CT Ravikumar, judge in Kerala HC; and justice MM Sundresh, judge in Kerala High Court.
 
The source added that these recommendations have been sent to the law ministry, which has the option of sending the recommendations back to the collegium for review. However, if these recommendations are re-submitted by the collegium, then names have to be approved.
 
According to sources, the impasse in the collegium persisted due to justice Nariman's firm stand over recommending justice Akil A Kureshi, currently chief justice of the Tripura high court, as a judge in the apex court.
 
Currently, the top court has only one woman judge, justice Indira Banerjee, who is set to retire in September 2022. There have only been eight women judges appointed in the Supreme Court till date.
 
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Comments
chamaruag9
2 months ago
In today world all courts be made daily courts till liquidation of old pending cases from 1947.Laws of British era should be removed and new law be made. Collegium system by removed.
tsalwayswise
2 months ago
1. Some good news. It should be done in all the courts across the country. In any case the ratio of available judges per person in India is among the lowest in the world.
2. The new CJI of the Apex Court is trying his best to improve things, given the past deadweight of the system.
3. Old cases should be taken up first.
4. Cross cases should be heard simultaneously.
5. Lying on oath / submitting a false affidavit should invite a straight jail term of one year suo-moto by the Court.
6. A law should be made to make the advocate answerable to his clients. Today there is no such provision.
5. Similarly there should be a law to make the public prosecutor answerable to the First Informant. Else the Section 301/302 of the criminal procedure code should be modified where the First Informant should mandatorily be heard by the Court at every stage of the trial/judicial procedure.
5. I am a litigant with very less knowledge of law. Please correct me wherever I am wrong.
vaibhavdhoka
Replied to tsalwayswise comment 2 months ago
Will these changes make improvements in getting justice to common public not corporates.
vaibhavdhoka
2 months ago
For common public there is no good news as he is always deprived of timely justice and all reasons are anti public.The system is on verge of collapse.
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