Just a month is left before the current Chief Justice of India SA Bobde has made the final push for the Supreme Court collegium to make its first recommendation of a judge who will be appointed to the Apex Court.
On Wednesday, during a collegium meeting, the Judges discussed various HC judges’ names for elevation; however, no conclusion was reached.
The five-member collegium consists of CJi Bobde and Justices AM Khanwilkar, NV Ramana, RF Nariman and U Lalit.
As per sources, names of at least five judges were discussed for elevation, but no names were finalised; another meeting is said to take place next week.
After Justice Indu Malhotra’s retirement, there is just one female judge in the Supreme Court. The names considered for elevation include three Chief Justices of the High Court and two women judges.
There are five vacancies at the Top Court, and as per convention, the CJI stops recommending one month before retirement.
Since CJI Bobde took over as CJI in November 2019, the collegium has not made any recommendations. The last time such a situation cropped up was during HL Dattu’s tenure due to a standoff between the judiciary and Centre over the National Judicial Appointments Commission.
However, this time the appointments were not made as the Members of the collegium could not reach any consensus regarding the elevation of Justice Akil A Kureshi, the current Chief Justice of Tripura High Court.
As the issue regarding Justice Kureshi’s appointment has not been resolved, the collegium’s other recommendations have been held up.
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