"Every effort made to fill up existing vacancies expeditiously”: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju In Parliament's Winter Session

  • Ratna Singh
  • 06:57 PM, 02 Dec 2021

The Parliament in its Winter Session was informed by the Minister of Law and Justice (Department of Justice) Kiren Rijiju that, every effort was made to fill up the existing vacancies expeditiously in Supreme Court and High courts.

“However, vacancies of Judges in High Courts do keep on arising on account of retirement, resignation or elevation of Judges and also due to increase in the strength of Judges,” replied Law Minister Kiren Rijiju

The Ministry was responding to an Unstarred question put forth by Member of Parliament and Communist Party of India leader John Brittas on the following –

(a) The number of Judges appointed in Supreme Court and various High Courts in 2021;

(b) The number of collegium proposals pending with Government as of now;

(c) The number of collegium proposals returned by Government; and

(d) If so, the details thereof?

The Minister informed the members that, in 2021, 09 Judges have been appointed in Supreme Court and 118 Judges have been appointed in various High Courts upto 29.11.2021. Also, that the Government appointed only those persons as Judges of High Courts who were recommended by Supreme Court Collegium.

Further the Department of Justice informed that, the total number of High Court Collegium proposals which were at various stages of consideration between the Government and the Supreme Court Collegium as on 29.11.2021 was 164.

“number of proposals which have been remitted/returned by the Government to the High Courts on the advice of the Supreme Court Collegium is 55 during the current year,” added the Minister.

The Details/Status of High Court Collegiums’ Proposals was also provide by the Minister as stated below –

  • Number of Proposals received from High Court Collegiums - 164
  • Number of Proposals pending with Supreme Court Collegium - 31
  • Number of Proposals pending with Department of Justice (DoJ) which are yet to be sent to Supreme Court Collegium (SCC)  - 75
  • Number of Proposals recommended by SCC and pending with DoJ - 35
  • Number of Proposal submitted to PMO - 03
  • Number of Proposal submitted to Ministry of Law & Justice - 13
  • Number of Proposals to be remitted to High Courts - 07