The President of India on Tuesday appointed 25 additional judges for the High Courts of Allahabad and Kolkata.
19 judges have been appointed for Allahabad while six have been designated for Kolkata.
The appointments have come amid discussions to invoke Article 224 A of the Constitution of India to appoint retired Judges with proven integrity and track record as Judges of High Courts, in order to tackle rising pendency.
A source in the Ministry told Bureaucracy Today that the provision empowers the CJ of the High Court, with previous consent of the President, to request any person who has held the office of a Judge of that Court or any other High Court to sit and act as a Judge of the High Court.
A three Judge Bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India T.S. Thakur, had recently accused the Government of “trying to starve out the cause of justice by not appointing Judges.” Expressing anguish over the delay in appointments.
Allahabad High Court has the largest number of vacancies, standing at 83 at present. It is hence currently working at less than 50% of its approved strength.