The Hush Post| 11:36 am |two-minute-read
The central government approved the appointment of 28 more additional judges for the Allahabad High Court. The appointment stands from the date on which they assume charge and it stands for two years.
Fifteen of these are advocates who were recommended for elevation by a Supreme Court collegium resolution passed last September. The September collegium resolution had also recommended two more names for elevation. They did not find mention in today’s appointment notifications.
The names which have been cleared for elevation as additional judges are of Prakash Padia, Alok Mathur, Pankaj Bhatia, Saurabh Lavania, Vivek Varma, Sanjay Kumar Singh, Piyush Agarwal, Saurabh Shyam Shamshery, Jaspreet Singh, Rajeev Singh, Manju Rani Chauhan, Karunesh Singh Pawar, Dr Yogenda Kumar Srivastava, Manish Mathur and Rohit Ranjan Agarwal.
Another notification issued also informs the appointment of 13 judicial officers as additional judges of the Allahabad High Court.
The Supreme Court had recommended the elevation of these judicial officers earlier in November.
The judges appointed are Ram Krisgna Gautam, Umesh Kumar, Pradeep Kumar Srivastava, Anil Kumar IX, Rajendra Kumar IV, Mohd Faiz Alam Khan, Vikas Kunvar Srivastav, Virendra Kumar Srivastava, Suresh Kumar Gupta, Sushri Ghandikota Sri Devi, Narendra Kumar Johari, Raj Beer Singh and Ajit Singh.
The addition of these judges would take the number of judges sitting at the Allahabad High Court to 109. This is much below the sanctioned strength of 160 judges.
The government has also cleared appointments of judges to other high courts
For the Delhi High Court, the government cleared the name of advocate Manoj Kumar Ohri as judge. His name was recommended by the SC collegium on September 4 along with four other advocates.
The government also cleared the April 19 recommendation of SC collegium and appointed advocate B Pugalendhi as judge of the Madras High Court. This appointment was delayed after the collegium received “adverse but unconfirmed” inputs against him. However, on the basis of interaction with Pugalendhi, the SC collegium then recommended his name.
In case of the Orissa High Court, the government concurred with the SC collegium recommendation and appointed Dr Akshaya Kumar Mishra as judge.