SC collegium clears 5 judges for Karnataka HC

SC collegium clears 5 judges for Karnataka HC

The Supreme Court collegium led by the Chief Justice of India has recommended names of five advocates for appointment as judges in the Karnataka High Court. It brushed aside "disagreements" shown by the chief minister and Governor over the names.

The decision is expected to ease some pressure on the high court's judges, as 37 posts of judges out of 62 sanctioned positions were lying vacant.

Of the 10 names sent by the Karnataka High Court's collegium comprising the Chief Justice and two senior-most judges, the apex court's collegium recommended names of Dixit Krishna Shripad, Shankar Ganapathi Pandit, Ramakrishna Devdas, Bhotanhosur Mallikarjuna Shyam Prasad, and Siddappa Sunil Dutt Yadav. Once approved by the Union government, the warrant for their appointment as additional judges will be issued from the President's office.

However, the Supreme Court collegium, also comprising Justices J Chelameswar and Ranjan Gogoi, however, remitted back the names of four advocates for fresh consideration by the present high court collegium on their suitability for appointment as judges.

Those whose recommendations were returned are Gurudas Shyamrao Kannur, Kuloor Arvind Kamath, Kanakatte Narayana Phanindra and Maheshan Nagaprasanna.

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