Finally the Supreme Court Collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) N.V. Ramana, has recommended two judicial officers of J&K Shri Mohan Lal and Mohammad Akram Chowdry as Judges in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
The Supreme Court Collegium has finally recommended 68 names, including 44 advocates and 24 judicial officers, for appointment as judges for12 High Courts of the country, the 12 High Courts for which the recommendations have been made, include Allahabad, Rajasthan, Calcutta, Jharkhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Madras, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab & Haryana, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Assam.
Sources told that three-member Collegium, comprising the CJI, Justice U.U. Lalit and Justice A.M. Khan wilkar, cleared the names in the meetings held on August 24 and September 1. The Collegium considered the names of 112 candidates – 82 from the Bar and 31 from the Judicial Service including the two Judges of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Jammu & Kashmir High Court currently has six vacancies as against a sanctioned strength of seventeen judges. Meanwhile the Collegium has also reiterated the names of lawyers Rahul Bharti and Moksha Kazmi (Khajuria) for judgeship. Bharti was reportedly recommended as a Judge earlier this year in March, whereas senior lawyer Moksha Kazmi-Khajuria is reported to have been recommended for elevation in 2019. ( CNS )