13 names proposed for judgeship: Madhya Pradesh High Court reveals while declining to entertain plea to fill vacancies at the Court

"Having regard to the fact that 7 names from the Bar and 6 from Service have already been recommended and are under process, we do not deem it appropriate to entertain the present writ petition", the Court said.
13 names proposed for judgeship: Madhya Pradesh High Court reveals while declining to entertain plea to fill vacancies at the Court
Madhya Pradesh High Court

The Madhya Pradesh High Court recently revealed that 13 names are under review after being recommended for judgeship, while declining to entertain a public interest litigation (PIL) petition to fill judicial vacancies and increase the sanctioned strength of the Court.

In this regard, the Court observed that 7 names have been proposed for elevation from the Bar, whereas 6 names have been proposed from among judicial officers.

The petitioners had moved the Court pointing out that the Madhya Pradesh High Court is presently functioning with only 28 judges as opposed to its sanctioned strength of 53 judges. Moreover, it was noted that 8 of the sitting judges were due to retire this year.

The Bench of recently appointed Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Prakash Shrivastava, however, declined to entertain the plea in view of the recommendations already being processed for appointment as judges.

Further, the Court opined that the issue of raising the sanctioned strength of the High Court was for the Government to decide on.

"Having regard to the fact that 7 names from the Bar and 6 from Service have already been recommended and are under process, we do not deem it appropriate to entertain the present writ petition. Moreover, it is also not deemed appropriate to take up the issue regarding increase in the sanctioned strength on judicial side as so far not even the available vacancies have been filled up. Moreover, this issue, in any case, shall have to be taken up with the Government on the administrative side", read the High Court's order.

With these observations, the writ petition was disposed of by the Court.

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