Apex court collegium reiterates 37 names for high court judges

Apex court collegium reiterates 37 names for high court judges

The Supreme Court collegium has for a second time reiterated its recommendation for appointment of 37 candidates as judges of various high courts (HC).

It is learnt that on April 10, the collegium — a body of five senior-most judges of the apex court — reiterated its decision.

While 19 names are for the Allahabad High Court, 10 are for the Calcutta High Court, five for Madras and three for Karnataka.

The collegium’s decision is now with the government, which is yet to take a final call.

As per the established practice, the government usually appoints a person as judge once the collegium reiterates its recommendation. But in the recent past, the government has shown its disapproval by returning the recommendations more than once.

Last year, former chief justice of India T S Thakur had recommended 77 people for appointment as judges of various high courts.

However, the government returned 43 names for reconsideration after it found that reports against the candidates were “not positive”.

The collegium then reiterated its recommendations for 43 names, but the government claimed the recommendations for 37 names were sent back. It said three proposals were deferred while three other names are still with the collegium.

Notably, the latest development comes days after the collegium rejected the government’s proposal to insert a national security clause in the memorandum of procedure.

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