38 addl judges appointed to 5 High Courts
About 38 additional judges have been appointed to at least five High Courts, bringing down the vacancy position from 465 to 427. Official sources in the Law Ministry on Tuesday said that fresh appointments were made in seven High Courts, including MP, Gujarat, Allahabad, Jharkhand and Himachal Pradesh, in the last two days.
While their warrants of appointments have been signed by the President, the notifications are being issued.
Law Minister DV Sadananda Gowda tweeted about the new appointments. “More fresh appointments to HCs –10 judges to Madhya Pradesh HC and 5 Judges to Gujarat HC appointed. Hope disposal of cases will pick up,” he tweeted.
The sources said the additional judges have been taken from state judicial services as well as the Bar. These appointments were part of 115 names in the pipeline for the past few months. With these appointments, the vacancy position has reduced from 465 as on March 1 to 427. The total authorised strength of the 24 High Courts is 1,056 judges but vacancies have continued, despite efforts to reduce it.