The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended to the Centre the names of five high court judges for appointment as apex court judges. The recommendation came after the meeting of the six-member Collegium, led by Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud. After the elevation of justice Dipankar Datta, former chief justice of Bombay High Court, SC’s current bench strength is 28 as against the sanctioned strength of 34. If the five names recommended by the Supreme Court collegium are notified by the central government, then the bench strength of the court will become 33.
The five names recommended for elevation:
- Justice Pankaj Mithal, Chief Justice, Rajasthan High Court;
- Justice Sanjay Karol, Chief Justice, Patna High Court;
- Justice PV Sanjay Kumar, Chief Justice, Manipur High Court;
- Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah, Judge, Patna High Court;
- Justice Manoj Misra, Judge, Allahabad High Court.
What is a Collegium System?
The Collegium System of Supreme Court is one of the very important topics in understanding the appointment of the Supreme Court judges and the judicial system. It is the system of appointment and transfer of judges that has evolved through judgments of the SC, and not by an Act of Parliament or by a provision of the Constitution.