The Madhya Pradesh High Court has sent a list comprising of 7 names of the advocates to the Supreme Court Collegium recommending that they be elevated as judges of the High Court.
The Madhya Pradesh High Court has a sanctioned strength of 53 judges while the number of vacancies as on 1st June, 2020 stands at 22 out of sanctioned strength of 53 judges. The 7 names recommended include advocates who are practicing advocates before the Madhya Pradesh 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:
- Purushainda Kumar Kaurav
- Raghvendra Dixit
- Manoj Kumar Dwivedi
- Dr Vivek Shaaran
- Pranaya Verma
- Nidhi Patnagar
- Shashank Shekhar Dugwebar
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 Madhya Pradesh High Court.
-India Legal Bureau