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HC dismisses demand by MHAA on appointment of judges

Taking a dig at advocates and Bar Association leaders who filed a PIL opposing the list of nine names forwarded by the High Court to the Supreme Court for appointment as judges, the Madras High Court on Tuesday said if this type of unhealthy trend continued, all cases would end being transferred to other courts.

A division bench, headed by Justice V Ramasubramanian and Justice P R Shivakumar, observed that the advocates and Bar Association leaders, who earlier demanded their participation in the selection process of the High Court judges, are now suggesting which case has to be posted for hearing and which judge should hear it.

The Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA) secretary Arivazhagan had filed a PIL seeking a direction to the Centre to return the list of nine names recommended by the High Court for appointment as judges on grounds, including “arbitrariness”, in the process of selection and that it had ignored eligible candidates from ‘un-represented’ and ‘under-represented’ communities.
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