NEW JUDGES AT SC: Four new judges appointed; CJI Gogoi fills all vacant posts in speedy manner


Justice Gogoi.. CJI did it

NEW DELHI: The Centre has cleared four names recommended by the Supreme Court collegium for elevation as judges of the apex court. The four are as follows: the Guwahati high court chief justice AS Bopanna and Jharkhand high court chief justice Aniruddha Bose, Bombay high court judge BR Gavai and chief justice of Himachal high court Surya Kant. With these, all the judge vacancies in the Supreme Court have been filed – 31 judges in all.

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The appointment of the four has been notified by President Ram Nath Kovind. The government had initially sought a reconsideration of names of Bose and Bopanna, but the Collegium stood by its recommendations.
Justice Gavai
In the case of Justice Gavai, he superseded three judges of the Bombay high court to reach the apex court. The Collegium stressed that seniority alone cannot be criterion for elevation; and merit should be the predominant consideration. The collegiums felt that Justice Gavai and Justice Kant required special consideration as part of a desire to provide due space for all sections of the society including those from SC-ST-OBC categories as also women and minorities. Gavai belongs to the SC-ST segment. The CJI, Ranjan Gogoi, headed the collegiums.
As CJI, Ranjan Gogoi won praise for speedy efforts to fill the vacant posts in the apex court. He took over in October last year. In a matter of eight months, due to his efforts, appointments of as many as 10 judges have been cleared. The swearing in of the four new judges could take place on Thursday or Friday. Among the recently appointed other judges were Justices Hemant Gupta, Subhash Reddy, MR Shah and Ajay Rastogi. Besides, in January this year, based on collegiums recommendations, Justice Dinesh Maheshwari and Justice Sanjiv Khanna were sworn in.
Aniruddha Bose…
The Collegium had, on April 12 recommended the names of Justice Bose and Justice Bopanna. The central government returned the file, seeking a reconsideration of these names, but the Collegium stood its ground.

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