The Bombay High Court has a sanctioned strength of 94 judges while the number of vacancies as on 1st June, 2020 stands at 25 out of sanctioned strength of 94 judges. The 22 names recommended include advocates who are practicing advocates before the Bombay High Court.
The criteria for appointment of a person as Judge of High Court are provided under Article 217 of Constitution. The criteria are:-
· Has for at least ten years held a judicial office in the territory of India; or
· Has for at least ten years been an advocate of a High Court or of two or more such Courts in succession.
The following is the list of names of the advocates who have been recommended:
- Aruna Shantaram Pai
- S G Dige
- G A Sanap
- Sanjay Mehare
- R N Laddha
- Sanjeev Pratap Kadam
- Sandeep Marne
- Ms Sharmila Uttamrao Deshmukh
- Sachindra Bhaskar Shetye
- Kamal Rashmi Khate
- Amira Abdul Razaq
- Santosh Govindrao Chapalgaonkar
- Aniket Vinay Deshmukh
- Ms Mahajan Surekha Panditrao
- Shailesh Parmod Brahme
- Sandeep Harendera Parikh
- Somasekhar Sundaressan
- Markand Manohar Agnihotri
- Abhay Ramdas Sambre
- Ranjeet Damodar Bhuibhar
- Smt. Gauri Sundareson Venkatraman
- Mahender Madhavrao Nerlikar
These names will be placed before the Supreme Court collegium which consists of three senior most judges of the Supreme Court who then shall deliberate on the names of the advocates along with the report of Intelligence Bureau on each candidate.
On approval by the Supreme Court Collegium the names of the proposed candidates will be sent to the Ministry of Law & Justice who will send the names to President of India. The President under his sign and seal would issue the warrant of appointment and thereafter it will be notified in Official Gazette by the Government by which the proposed candidates would be eligible for taking oath of office of judge of Bombay High Court.
-India Legal Bureau