The Number of Permanent Judges in the Allahabad High Court has been increased. An order to this effect has been issued by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
According to the order, the post of permanent judges in the High Court has been increased from 76 to 120.
This means that out of the total 160 sanctioned posts in the High Court, 120 judges will be permanent and 40 additional judges will remain. So far, this number was 76 permanent and 84 additional judges.
On 20 May 2020, Allahabad High Court Hon’ble Chief Justice Govind Mathur requested the Union Law and Justice Minister to increase the post of permanent judges, to which Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad wrote a letter to the Chief Justice on 28 September 2020 intimating that the request has been accepted.
Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad has written in his letter that in the year 2014, it was reconsidered to increase the total posts from 160 to 200 and the number of judges in the ratio of 75-25 (permanent-additional). But at that time, the then Chief Justice said that there was lack of infrastructure due to which it could not be implemented.
Now on the letter of Hon’ble Chief Justice Govind Mathur, the ratio of 75-25 judges has been implemented with immediate effect in consultation with the Chief Justice of India.
At present, 100 judges are working out of the 160 judges approved in the Allahabad High Court. Of these, four judges will be retired by December 2020. Even now 60 posts are vacant. Even if all are made permanent, the posts of 20 permanent and 40 additional judges will remain vacant.
However, the Collegium of the Chief Justice has recommended the appointment of 31 advocates as judges. It has not been decided yet. Apart from this, 11 judicial officers of District Judge rank have also been recommended. A total of 42 names are under consideration in the process of appointment as Justice.
It is to be noted here that more than 10 lakh cases are pending in Allahabad High Court and therefore given the number of cases under consideration, the vacant posts need to be filled soon.