Above: (Left) Calcutta High Court and Allahabad High Court
The government on September 19 appointed 25 additional judges for the high courts of Allahabad and Calcutta. Out of the 25, 19 additional judges have been appointed for Allahabad High Court, while six have been appointed for the Calcutta High Courts.
The names which have been cleared for the posts of additional judges in Allahabad High Court are Salil Kumar Rai, Rahul Chaturvedi, Rajiv Joshi, Rajesh Singh Chauhan, Jayant Banerji, Irshad Ali, Saral Srivastava, Jahangir Jamshed Munir, Rajiv Gupta, Ajit Kumar, Rajnish Kumar, Abdul Moin, Rajeev Misra, Dinesh Kumar Singh, Vivek Kumar Singh, Chandra Dhari Singh, Neeraj Tiwari, Siddharth and Ajay Bhanot.
Six names which have been cleared for the posts of additional judges in Calcutta High Court are Protik Prakash Banerjee, Rajasekhar Mantha, Sabyasachi Bhattacharyya, Moushumi Bhattacharya, Shekhar R Saraf and Rajarshi Bharadwaj.
The Allahabad High Court has the approved strength of 160 judges. With the addition of 19 more judges, the present strength of the court will become 110, still short of 50 judges.
The Calcutta High Court has the approved strength of 72 judges. With the addition of six more judges, the court will have a strength of 37 judges, but still falling short of 35 judges.
Additional judges usually get a term of two years and are elevated to the post of permanent judges based on their performance.
—India Legal Bureau