J. Venkatesan

They include 11 from the Bar and 3 district judges

Collegium accepts in full the recommendations sent by the Madras High Court

The process of appointment is expected to be completed in two to three weeks

New Delhi: After strict scrutiny, the collegium of Judges of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan, at its meeting on Tuesday cleared the names of 14 persons —11 from the Bar and three district judges — for appointment as judges of the Madras High Court.

They are: R.S. Ramanathan, T.S. Sivagnanam, Raja Elango, C.T. Selvam, T. Raja, M.M. Sundaresan, C.S. Karnan, Hari Parandaman, N. Kirubakaran, B. Rajendran and Doraiswamy (from the Bar); R. Mala, Aruna Jagadeesan and G.M. Akbar Ali (from the subordinate judiciary).

By clearing these 14 names, the collegium has accepted in full the recommendations sent by the High Court. In September, the Centre had issued a notification increasing the strength of Judges in the High Court from 49 to 60 and requested the then Chief Justice A.K. Ganguly to recommend names for filling the additional posts as well as in the existing four vacancies.

Subsequent to the recommendations, the candidates were sent a 25-point pro forma seeking details on various issues — number of years of practice indicating the places and courts; field of specialisation — civil, criminal, constitutional, taxation, labour, company, services etc. with reported and unreported judgments of the Supreme Court and High Courts for the last five years in which they argued independently with citations; association with any political party; position held in bar association, Bar Council or the government; whether a member of a club; whether any case was pending against them and whether there had been prosecution or conviction; whether spouse or any blood relation is practising in the High Court and, if so, whether he/she can give consent for transfer to another High Court for two years; whether related to any of the High Court or Supreme Court judge; and any proceeding pending before Bar Council.

The Chief Justice of India had made it clear that in future there would be strict scrutiny of the candidates recommended by the High Court concerned.

This procedure was followed in the case of these 14 persons.

The names will now be forwarded to the Union Law Ministry for being sent to President Pratibha Patil through the Prime Minister’s Office. The process of appointment is expected to be completed in two to three weeks.

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