New Delhi: The central government informed the Supreme Court that the appointment of 5 judges recommended by the collegium as Supreme Court judges will be done soon. In December last year, the collegium had recommended five judges, including three high court chief justices and two judges, as Supreme Court judges.
The case regarding the delay in the appointment of judges came up for hearing in the Supreme Court today (Friday). A bench comprising Justices Kaul and AS Oka heard this.
At that time, Attorney General R. Venkataramani said the 5 judges recommended by the collegium as Supreme Court judges will be appointed soon.
This is a very important issue, as the bench expressed its displeasure over the central government’s delay in appointing judges recommended by the collegium. They told us not to force us to take a very uncomfortable position.
Earlier, the collegium was held on December 13, 2022 by Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court Pankaj Mittal, Chief Justice of Patna High Court Sanjay Karol, Chief Justice of Manipur High Court BV Sanjay Kumar, Patna High Court Justice Ashanuddin Amanullah, Allahabad High Court Judge. Manoj Misra nominated five judges as Supreme Court judges.
If all five of them take office as judges, the number of Supreme Court judges will increase to 32. There should be a total of 34 judges in the Supreme Court including the Chief Justice. Currently there are 27 judges.