Petition in Supreme Court seeking contempt action against government for delay in appointment of judges

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, 25 October

filed a petition in the Supreme Court to initiate contempt proceedings against the Justice Secretary for the Center’s failure to appoint 11 advocates/judicial officers as judges of different High Courts despite their names being repeated by the Collegium Has been.

Petitioner Advocates Association Bengaluru pointed out that the Center sitting on the names repeated by the collegium has moved against the apex court’s 2019 order in M/s PLR Projects Pvt Ltd vs Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd and others, in which it had held that once the CJI-led collegium reiterated one name for appointment as a judge, the appointment should be made within three-four weeks.

Listing 11 such cases reiterated by the collegium, the petitioner submitted his non-appointment as the High Court judges “having an adverse effect on the rule of law, which has been recognized as a part of the basic structure of the Constitution.”

The list included the names of five candidates for the Calcutta High Court, two each for the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, the Karnataka High Court and the Allahabad High Court.

Meanwhile, the Center on Monday notified the appointment of one judge each in the Allahabad High Court and the Rajasthan High Court.

Vikram Chauhan has been appointed as Additional Judge of Allahabad High Court, while Uma Shankar Vyas has been appointed as Judge of Rajasthan High Court. Justice Joymalya Bagchi has been transferred from the Andhra Pradesh High Court to his parent High Court, that is, the Calcutta High Court.