New Delhi, Jun 8 (ILNS) Chief Justice of India NV Ramana today agreed on the request of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) for elevation of Supreme Court Advocates to be appointed as High Court Judges, and requested the Chief Justices of High Court to consider the same.
Justice Ramana has agreed to the request made by Supreme Court Bar Association to consider lawyers practicing in the Supreme Court for elevation as Judges to their High Courts, and has requested the Chief Justices of the High Courts to consider the same.
On May 31, the SCBA had submitted in its representation to the CJI, the concern of the members of SCBA with regard to their elevation to the High Courts in India and further, suggested a transparent mechanism in order to institutionalise the said appointment, which will also help in filling up of large number of vacancies in the High Courts.
In furtherance of the CJI’s consent, the Executive Committee of SCBA constituted a ‘Search Committee,’ comprising the undersigned, the Vice President, Senior Member Mahalakshmi Pavani and four eminent members of the Bar, including Rakesh Dwivedi, Shekhar Naphade, Vijay Hansaria and V Giri, to facilitate the process of elevation by identifying deserving and meritorious Supreme Court practitioners.
After the identification of deserving candidates by the Search Committee, the High Court Collegium may consider such names, along with the lawyers from the High Court Bar, in order to choose the most deserving candidate among those available for elevation.
The letter issued by the SCBA said, “Every lawyer practicing in India is a citizen of India and therefore, should be fairly considered for elevation on the basis of merit alone, no matter where he/she practices. We are hopeful that immediate action in view of the large vacancies in the High Courts is taken.” ILNS/GM/RJ