SC collegium clears 5 judges for K'taka HC

The Supreme Court collegium's recommendation comes almost a year after the proposal with names of 10 advocates sent by the then Chief Justice Subhro Kamal Mukherjee on January 13, 2017, in consultation with his two seniormost colleagues as there were complaints against some advocates proposed for elevation.

On October 31, the senior counsels of Advocates Association of Bengaluru also passed a unanimous resolution threatening a hunger strike if the appointment of judges was not made before December 15.

Their names were recommended by the collegiums of the respective high courts, and approved by chief minister and Governor of the respective states. It brushed aside "disagreements" shown by the chief minister and Governor over the names. The chief minister had advised that the entire proposal be returned to the high court for reconsideration. The Governor, without specifying names, has conveyed that some of the candidates do not meet "requirement of efficiency in their performance".

Besides, nine advocates' names were cleared for appointment in the Madras High Court and five others for Calcutta High Court.

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For the Calcutta High Court, the Collegium recommended five advocates for appointment as judges - Shampa Sarkar, Sabyasachi Chaudhury, Ravi Krishan Kapur, Arindam Mukherjee and Sakya Sen. The judges noted that while recommending extension of his term as additional judge the Karnataka HC collegium "has not placed on record any material for not recommending him for appointment as permanent judge, though a permanent post is available".

The apex court body said the high court collegium had taken into account merit, experience, performance, character and conduct of the recommended persons and dealt with adequate representation. "As he does not qualify the income criterion, the proposal for his elevation to high court does not inspire confidence and is, therefore, rejected", according to The Indian Express. Those slated for elevation are Subramonium Prasad, PT Asha, Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, GK Ilanthiraiyan, C Emalias, C Saravanan, N Anand Venkatesh, M Nirmal Kumar and Krishnan Ramaswamy. One name was turned down because the person was older than 55, the maximum prescribed age for advocates recommended for elevation to the high court, said The Indian Express report. Intelligence Bureau, on verification, has reported that the above named recommendees enjoy a good personal and professional image and nothing adverse has come to notice against their integrity.

Among the 10 advocates recommended by the high court on January 13 for appointment, advocate Kasaravalli Chythanya Keshavamurthy was not found "suitable for elevation" in view of "material on record".

Among the high courts whose cases were cleared for Additional to Permanent are Madhya Pradesh (18), Himachal Pradesh (2), Karnataka (1), Jharkhand (2) and Chhattisgarh (2).

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