CJI nod at proposal to elevate SC lawyers as HC judges: SCBA
New Delhi, June 8 (IANS): The Supreme Court Bar Association said Tuesday that India’s Chief Justice NV Ramana “had accepted” his request to consider elevating Supreme Court lawyers as High Court judges.
SCBA President and Senior Counsel Vikas Singh in a communication to its members said: “The undersigned is pleased to inform you that the CJI has accepted the request made by the SCBA and has asked the Chief Justices to high courts to consider lawyers practicing before the Supreme Court for elevation to their high courts. “
He added that the SCBA executive committee has formed a “search committee” comprising the chairman, vice chairman and senior member, Mahalakshmi Pavani, and four prominent members of the bar, namely: Rakesh Dwivedi, Shekhar Naphade, Vijay Hansaria and V. Giri, to facilitate the upliftment process by identifying deserving and deserving Supreme Court practitioners.
“The High Court Collegium can then review these names with the lawyers of the High Court Bar in order to choose the most deserving candidate among those available for the elevation”, adds the communication.
The Supreme Court Lawyer Corps has said that the elevation of Supreme Court lawyers has always been its concern. “Despite their vast experience and experience in dealing with all kinds of matters relating to civil, criminal, constitutional, commercial, etc. law, attorneys practicing at the Supreme Court are rarely considered for elevation by the college of the High Court. Court as they do do not practice regularly in the High Court and while being professionally more deserving than their colleagues in the High Court, lose the opportunity to be considered as such, ”he said.
On May 31, Singh, on behalf of the SCBA executive committee, made a statement to the Chief Justice, expressing concern among its members about their elevation to the High Courts. He had suggested a transparent mechanism to institutionalize the appointment which will also help to fill a large number of vacant posts in the High Courts.
“It was also pointed out that there are a large number of female lawyers practicing at the Supreme Court who must be considered for elevation and that the High Courts do not recommend female lawyers on the grounds that there are not enough of uplifting lawyers, ”the SCBA told its members.