Centre clears appointment of five Judges to Supreme Court after 2-month delay
New Delhi, February 4: Centre on Saturday cleared the appointments of five Judges to the Supreme Court, who were recommended by the Collegium on December 13 last year.
The collegium, a panel of judges that makes recommendations, had sent the names of three high court chief justices and two judges for elevation to the Supreme Court in December, bringing the total number of judges on the top court to 32.
Judges whose appointment has been cleared by the Centre are Justice Pankaj Mithal, Chief Justice, Rajasthan High Court; Justice Sanjay Karol, Chief Justice, Patna High Court; Justice P V Sanjay Kumar, Chief Justice, Manipur High Court; Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah of Patna High Court; and Justice Manoj Misra of Allahabad High Court.
Their appointments come after a Supreme Court bench questioned the government's delay in appointing and transferring judges based on the recommendations of the SC Collegium.
According to a senior government official, the five appointments have nothing to do with the bench's observation and were made after the Cente discussed.
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- With inputs from agencies