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The entire process will be completed in two to three weeks

New Delhi: The Supreme Court collegium of judges headed by Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan has cleared the elevation of T. Mathivanan, A. Arumugasamy and K.B.K. Vasuki from the subordinate judiciary for being appointed as Madras High Court Judges.

Of the four names recommended by the Madras High Court, the collegium did not approve another senior district Judge A.J. Muruganandam on the ground that he was over 59 years and would be left with just two years of service as High Court judge if he was elevated.

According to Law Ministry sources, the file relating to the three names would be forwarded to the Prime Minister’s office shortly for being sent to the President for appointment.

The entire process would be completed in two to three weeks.

The sanctioned strength of Judges in the High Court is 60, with 45 permanent and 15 additional judges.

Four vacancies

With the proposed appointment of three District Judges, the present strength will go up from 53 to 56 with four vacancies to be filled.

It is expected that the High Court would recommend four more names to have the full strength of 60 judges in the next two to three months.

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