NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court collegium has recommended to the Centre names of 19 lawyers for being elevated as judges for Calcutta, Madras and Karnataka high courts and also cleared the names of 25 additional judges of various HCs for being appointed as permanent judges.
The collegium, comprising of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and two seniormost judges, Justices J Chelameswar and Ranjan GogoI, forwarded the names to Centre for its consideration. It considered the names of 25 advocates, who were recommended by high courts for judgeship, but cleared 19 names out of them. Nine lawyers were recommended for Madras HC and five each for Calcutta and Karnataka HCs.
“The Collegium resolves to recommend that C Emalias, Ms P T Asha, M Nirmal Kumar, Subramonium Prasad, Senthilkumar Ramamoorthy, N Anand Venkatesh, G K Ilanthiraiyan, Krishnan Ramasamy, and C Saravanan, advocates be appointed as Judges of the Madras HC,” it said
It rejected the view of Karnataka governor and chief minister expressing reservation on the names proposed by the HC. The governor had conveyed that some of the candidates do not meet the requirement of efficiency in their performance but the collegium said that “it need not be emphasised that assessment of performance of the persons recommended is done objectively by the judiciary at the HC and SC level”.
“The Collegium resolves to recommend that Dixit Krishna Shripad, Shankar Ganapathi Pandit, Ramakrishna Devdas, Bhotanhosur Mallikarjuna Shyam Prasad and Siddappa Sunil Dutt Yadav, advocates, be appointed as Judges of the Karnataka HC.”
Interestingly the collegium refused to recommend the name of one lawyer, proposed by Calcutta HC, for judgeship on the ground that his average professional income was well below the prescribed minimum limit. “As he does not qualify the income criterion, the proposal for his elevation to the HC does not inspire confidence and is, therefore, rejected,” the collegium said.
“The Collegium resolves to recommend that Smt. Shampa Sarkar, Sabyasachi Chaudhury, Ravi Krishan Kapur, Arindam Mukherjee, and Sakya Sen, advocates, be appointed as Judges of the Calcutta HC,” it said. It relaxed minimum age criteria of 45 years for a lawyer to be elevated to bench and recommended name of advocate Sakya Sen for Calcutta HC who is below the age. It rejected names of two advocates for judgeship for Madras HC on the ground that they were above maximum age limit of 55 years.