On September 4, 2021, Chief Justice NV Ramana said, “The collegium has recommended record 68 names in one go for elevation as judges to a dozen High Courts.” He anticipates that the government will nullify it on an immediate basis just as it was done while passing the names for appointment of the Supreme Court judges.
During the meet, while the remarks were made, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju was present there on the panel. “Union Law Minister is here. I hope that government will clear the names expeditiously, just like it cleared the nine names for elevation to the Supreme Court,” said Chief Justice Ramana at a Bar Council of India’s event.
The Chief Justice averred that a week after he will display a “voluminous report” to the Law Minister. This report will list the infrastructural issues in courts to the government. Chief Justice said lawyers are losing out on their jobs because of difficulties in approaching digital resources, in rural areas.
“In every other place, bigger lawyers are appearing via video conferencing…This is a dangerous pattern, it leads to inequality,” averred Chief Justice Ramana. “With a young and dynamic Union Law Minister we can expect things to progress at a rapid pace,” Chief Justice Ramana added.
Chief Justice iterated with a tinge of humour that when he first met the Law Minister assumed him a “college student”. “I have a law degree, but I don’t have the experience of practising law,” the Minister told the Chief Justice during their first meeting. “Then you won’t have prejudices against Judges,” the Chief Justice said.
Allahabad, Rajasthan, Calcutta, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Madras, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Punjab and Haryana, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Assam are the respective High Courts whose recommendations have been made to the government of India. Among the qualified 12 High Courts, 44 belongs to the Bar and 24 belong to the Judicial Service. Additionally, 10 women have been recommended for promotion.