Judicial appointments in a flux

Judicial appointments in a flux

Context:

The retirement of Chief Justices of various High Courts just within a few days of their appointments as Chief Justices, reveal that judicial appointments in the High Courts remain in a constant state of flux.

Details:

  • Chief Justices of various High Courts and several SC judges will retire this year
  • Also, the posts of Chief Justice in seven High Courts have been lying vacant for the past several months, with Acting Chief Justices at the helm.
  • Further, in the Supreme Court, with Justice Amitava Roy retiring on February 28, the vacancies will go up to seven, reducing the number of judges to 24.
  • The sanctioned strength is however 31.
  • There will be five more retirements in the Supreme Court in 2018, including that of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
  • There has been increasing concern over rising vacancies.
  • The concern has also been highlighted in a judgment delivered by a Supreme Court Bench, led by Justice A.K. Sikri.
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