J. Venkatesan

Expresses reservation about one of the lawyers

  • Registrar General, 2 advocates to be elevated
  • Four names to be forwarded to President

    New Delhi: Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi is understood to have given his consent to appointment three of the four names as Madras High Court judges.

    The collegium of judges of the Supreme Court had cleared the names in November 2006, and the proposal was pending with the Union Law Ministry for consent from the State Government.

    According to highly placed sources, the four names, S. Palanivel, Registrar General of the Madras High Court (representing the `Service') and three advocates, T. Sudanthiram, K. Veeraraghavan and S. Nagamuthu would be forwarded to President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam along with comments from the State Government. At present, the strength of judges in the High Court is 44, against the sanctioned strength of 49 (including those on the Madurai Bench of the High Court).

    A panel of five names was sent to the collegium, which approved four names. Consideration of one name was deferred for the time being.

    As per the Memorandum of Procedure for Appointment of Judges, the consent/opinion of the State Government is mandatory.

    Accordingly, the Union Law Ministry sought the opinion of the State government and the matter was pending with it for quite some time.

    Initially, there were reports to suggest that the State government was inclined to give its consent only to the elevation of the Registrar General and not for the three advocates.

    But now the Chief Minister is believed to have consented to the elevation of three of the four names the Registrar General and two advocates and has expressed reservation about one of the lawyers.

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