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Centre okays 10 names for Delhi, Gauhati HC judge posts

The five appointments for the Delhi HC are from the judicial service while the five for Gauhati HC are both from the bar and the state judicial service

The Centre on Monday cleared the appointment of 10 judges for the high courts of Gauhati and Delhi and sent the names to President Pranab Mukherjee for his assent.

The appointments had been pending for long as the government was determined to open the process through a screening committee set out in a memorandum of procedure while the Supreme Court refused to see eye to eye with the political executive on the matter.

The five appointments for the Delhi HC are from the judicial service while the five for Gauhati HC are both from the bar and the state judicial service, The Times of India has reported.

The government is also considering recommendations for 35 judges in Allahabad HC, eight of which have been pending since January and had invited the SC’s rebuke on Friday. CJI TS Thakur had said the government was trying to decimate the judiciary by holding back appointments.

Fast tracking appointments, the Law ministry on Monday forwarded eight other names of advocates — recommended by the Delhi HC collegium for appointment as HC judges — for the consideration of the SC collegium.

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