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Centre notifies appointment of seven new judges to Gujarat High Court


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Tribune News Service

New Delhi, October 16


The Centre on Saturday notified the appointment of seven advocates as judges of the Gujarat High Court, taking the actual strength from 27 to 34 judges against a sanctioned strength of 52 judges.

According to a notification issues by the Department of Justice the advocates appointed as judges of the Gujarat High Court are: Mauna Manish Bhatt, Samir Jyotindraprasad Dave, Hemant Maheschandra Prachchhak, Sandeep Navratlal Bhatt, Aniruddha Pradyumna Mayee, Niral Rashmikant Mehta and Nisha Mahendrabhai Thakore.

Their names were cleared for elevation to the Bench by the Supreme Court collegium led by CJI NV Ramana on September 29.

However, even after these seven appointments, 25 posts of judges remain vacant in the Gujarat High Court.

This is the sixth set of appointments notified by the Government following the recent recommendations made by the Supreme Court collegium to fill judicial vacancies in various high courts ndash; most of which have been functioning with lesser number of judges compared to their sanctioned strength.

On Thursday notified the appointments of seven judges to the high courts of Patna, Allahabad and Bombay. Similarly, on Wednesday, it had notified the appointments of 14 judges to the high courts of Telangana, Kerala and Orissa which will get seven, four and three judges respectively.

Earlier, it had notified the appointments of 17 new judges to the Allahabad, Madras and Gauhati high courts; three advocates and two judicial officers’ appointments as judges of the Rajasthan High Court.

It had also notified eight judges’ elevation as chief justices of high courts and transfer of five high court chief justices based on recommendations made by the Supreme Court collegium.

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