New Delhi: Despite objection raised by Narendra Modi govt, Supreme Court collegium had reiterated names of nine lawyers sent back by the Centre sometime back.
These include the name of Amitesh Banerjee, whose father, former Supreme Court judge UC Banerjee, had probed the Godhra train fire incident that left 58 Karsevaks dead.
Justice Banerjee had ruled out any foul play in the fire incident. SC also reiterated its earlier recommendation to appoint advocates Moksha Kazmi-Khajuria and Rahul Bharti in J&K HC. SC also reiterated its earlier recommendation to appoint three judicial officers of Uttar Pradesh as judges of the Allahabad HC.
Under the existing Memorandum of Procedure, which guides appointments to higher Judiciary, once the Supreme Court reiterates names, the Centre has no option but to process the same.
However, in the last few years, the Narendra Modi government has chosen not to accept and process names of lawyers reiterated by the supreme court collegium on several occasions.
It remains to be seen if the government will do the same this time too. Names of advocates Nagendra R Naik and Aditya Sondhi of Karnataka High Court were also reiterated by the collegium.
Apart from this, SCC clearer names of 35 advocates and 24 Judicial officers of 11 High Courts for appointment as judges – possibly the highest number of names ever cleared within a fortnight.
SC collegium also cleared the names of 13 advocates and three Judicial officers for appointment as judges of Allahabad HC, Names of three lawyers and three Judicial officers were cleared for appointment as judges of Rajasthan HC.