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Supreme Court collegium likely to meet soon on appointment of CJs

Govt is unlikely to increase approved strength of high court judges but focus on filling vacancies

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Supreme Court collegium likely to meet soon on appointment of CJs

The collegium is likely to meet in the coming days to consider names for appointment of chief justices of high courts.

Sources said here on Friday that the collegium — a body of top five judges of the headed by the — could meet as soon as the court summer break is over in July to consider names to fill up vacancies of chief justices.

At present, the high courts of Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, Delhi, Calcutta, and have acting chief justices. But is is not yet clear whether the collegium will consider names for the all the five high courts or only some of them.

The approved strength of the 24 high courts is 1,079 judges, but they are functioning with a truncated strength of 629 — a shortage of 450 judges.

The government is unlikely to increase the approved strength of high court judges but focus on filling vacancies.

Sources in the law ministry said the present strength of 1,079 is unlikely to be raised this year as the main focus would be to fill up vacancies in the 24 high courts.

Over three crore cases are pending in courts across India.

First Published: Fri, June 09 2017. 22:06 IST
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