The Centre is set to “break its own record” in the words of Union Minister to Law and Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad. In a Hindustan Times report, it has been stated that nearly 120 names have been shortlisted for appointment as High Court Judges and has been forwarded to the Supreme Court collegium.
The report claims that 69 names for High Court appointments have already been forwarded and the rest of them are expected to be forwarded by this week. Mr. Prasad had earlier emphasised on the need for faster appointments in the judiciary. However, as of June only 34 judges had been appointed, with there existing 411 (38%) vacancies out of a total approved strength of 1079 judges in the 24 High Courts of the country as on 1st July 2018.
The forwarded names include appointments to 13 High Courts and are expected to substantially reduce the burden on existing judges. The names were sent by the High Court collegium to the Centre, which is now working on carrying out background checks on these candidates. The names are expected to be forwarded to the SC collegium by the end of this week.
The HT report in fact claims that 69 names for appointment as judges to thirteen High Courts have already been forwarded, and another batch of around 50 names are expected to be sent soon.