SC collegium recommends four new judges for JK High Court


Srinagar, Apr 6: Supreme Court of India (SC) collegium on Friday recommended four new judges for Jammu Kashmir High Court (JKHC).
According to an order of SC, a copy of which lies with Kashmir News Service (KNS) reads after having interaction with the recommendees, the SC collegium headed by Chief Justice of India, Dipak Misra, Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice Ranjan Gogoi recommended Advocates, Wasim Sidiq Nargal, Nazir Ahmad Beig, Sindhu Sharma and Judicial Officer, Rashid Ali Dar as new judges of Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
The order also reads that the inter se seniority of newly recommended JKHC judges be fixed as per the existing practice.
It further reads that “We have carefully scrutinized the material placed in the file which includes the views of the Chief Minister and the Governor for the state of Jammu and Kashmir, complaints against the recommendations and the reports /comments thereon of the intelligence agencies, their age, income, statistics of reported/unreported judgements ad pro bono cases handled by the Bar members, as well as the observations made by the department of Justice in the file.”
“As regards, Rashid Ali Dar, Judicial Officer, we have also considered his service record, report of Judgement Assessment Committee, ACRs and also the fact that on the date of vacancy he was below 58 ½ years and thus qualifies the age criterion applicable to a judicial officer recommended for elevation,” the order reads.
It further added that apart from this, they invited all the recommendees with a view to have interaction with them. “On the basis of the interaction we had with them and having regard to all relevant factors, the collegium is of the considered view that Wasim Sidiq Nargal, Nazir Ahmad Beig, Sindhu Sharma and Judicial Officer, Rashid Ali Dar are suitable for being appointed as judges of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court,” the order added.
It further reads that “as regards, Showkat Ahmad Makroo, Advocate having regard to the material on record, we are of the considered view that the consideration can wait. The proposal for his elevation is accordingly deferred for the present.” (KNS)