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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

Ministry of Law and Justice

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

RAJYA SABHA

UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.120

TO BE ANSWERED ON 19.11.2007

Vacancies in Supreme Court and High Courts.

120.

SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR

Will the Minister of LAW & JUSTICE be pleased to state:-

(a)        the number of vacancies of judges in the Supreme Court and in various High Courts in the country, as on the 1st November, 2007, court-wise;

(b)        the number, out of them, which have been there for over six months, as on that date, Court-wise; and the reasons for keeping these posts vacant for so long; and

(c)        the steps proposed to be taken to expedite filling up of the vacancies o` judges, so as to ensure that work in courts does not suffer?

ANSWER

MINISTER OF LAW AND JUSTICE
(SHRI H. R. BHARDWAJ)

(a),(b)&(c) A statement showing the number of vacancies Court-wise. is enclosed. Pursuant to the Judgment of the Supreme Court dated October 6. 1993 and their Advisory Opinion dated October 28, 1998, the proposals for appointment of Judges in the Supreme Court are to be initiated by the Chief Justice of India and for High Courts, the proposals are to be initiated by tile Chief Justice of the concerned High Court. The Government has, however, been requesting the Chief Justices of the High Courts, from time to time, to initiate proposals for filling up of the present and anticipated vacancies during the next six months.

statement referred to in reply to parts (a), (b) & (c) of the

Rajya Sabha Unstarred Question No. 120 for answer on 19.11.2007

As on 01.11.2007

Sl. No.

Name of the Court

Sanctioned Strength

Working Strength

Vacancy

No. of Vacancies for over 6 months

 SUPREME COURT

26

22

04

2

 

HIGH COURTS

1.

Allahabad

95

73

22

14

2.

Andhra Pradesh

39

31

8

7

3.

Bombay

61

52

9

5

4.

Calcutta

50

41

9

6

5.

Chhattisgarh

8

6

2

2

6.

Delhi

36

33

3

2

7.

Gauhati

23

23

Nil

Nil

8.

Gujarat

42

28

14

9

9.

Himachal Pradesh

9

9

Nil

Nil

10.

Jammu & Kashmir

14

9

5

4

11.

Jharkhand

12

9

3

2

12.

Karnataka

40

36

4

2

13.

Kerala

29

27

2

2

14.

Madhya Pradesh

42

41

1

Nil

15.

Madras

46

42

4

1

16.

Orissa

20

17

3

3

17.

Patna

31

29

2

Nil

18.

Punjab & Haryana

40

37

3

3

19.

Rajasthan

40

36

4

4

20.

Sikkim

3

1

2

1

21.

Uttaranchal

9

9

Nil

Nil

Total

689

589

100

69