CM wants a say in judges appointment
M Sagar Kumar TNN
Hyderabad: Even as the number of judges in Andhra Pradesh High Court is slated to dwindle to 21 in another six months against the sanctioned strength of 49,the state government wants a say in the appointment of new judges.Ten judges will reach the age of superannuation by the end of August.
The state government wants scrapping of the list of seven names that was forwarded by then chief justice of AP High Court Madan Lokur to the Supreme Court collegium.The names were sent between February and May 2012.Instead,it wants that a fresh list be sent by the present Chief Justice Pinaki Ghose.The unstated demand: he should draw up the list after receiving the recommendations of the chief minister.
The fact that Justice Lokur (who is now a Supreme Court judge) had sent seven names came to the notice of the state government after the apex court,considering their candidature,sent the list to the Union law ministry.The ministry then wrote to the state government seeking its opinion on the seven names finalized.
In response,the state informed the central government that it was not consulted on the finalization of the seven names.As per norms,the state government should be consulted,though the final decision rests with the Supreme Court.We also objected to the list not including members from the SC,ST,BC and minority communities as well as not having adequate representation from the Telangana region, a source connected with the development told STOI.But,legal analysts scoffed at this line of thinking.
Number of judges in HC to come down to 21 in six months Ten judges to reach the age of superannuation by Aug.end State wants scrapping of the list of seven names forwarded by former CJ Madan Lokur to Supreme Court Govt wants a fresh list to be sent by the present Chief Justice Pinaki Ghose