The Supreme Court Collegium, led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, recommended the names of two more judges to the Supreme court and rejected the government’s disapproval of the elevation of two others. These two names were sent earlier for elevation to the Supreme Court.
If the four judges are elevated without delay, the Gogoi Court would reach the full sanctioned judicial strength of 31 judges by the time it re-opens in July after the summer vacations. The sanctioned judicial strength is mentioned under article 124 of Indian Constitution.
Government rejecting names of 2 judges sent earlier
Government rejected names of Jharkhand High Court and Gauhati High Court Chief Justices Aniruddha Bose and A.S. Bopanna respectively. The Collegium recommended these names on April 12 for elevation as Supreme Court judges.
Response of Collegium on rejection of names
The Collegium said the rejection by the government is inappropriate. There is nothing adverse against the two judges’ conduct, competence or integrity. The government is bound to appoint Justices Bose and Bopanna to the court.
2 more judges proposed for elevation
The Collegium also recommended Justice B.R. Gavai, a judge of the Bombay High Court, and Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High Court Surya Kant for elevation to the Supreme Court.
Justice Gavai superseded three judges in the Bombay High Court. However the collegium said that though seniority was given due weightage, merit should be the “predominant consideration”. Justice Gavai belongs to Scheduled Caste category. After his appointment, Supreme Court will have a Scheduled Caste judge after a decade.
Procedure for appointment of Supreme Court judges
The collegium of judges recommends names to President who receives names on behalf of the Government. The Government clears name. In case it disagrees, names are sent back to Collegium for review.
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