By: Ibni Maqbool
Srinagar: As many as six positions of judges are vacant in the High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh.
The data released by the Department of Justice of the Union Ministry of Law & Justice on September 1, 2021 which is in possession of Precious Kashmir reveals that the Jammu & Kashmir High Court has a sanctioned strength of 17 judges, out of which six positions are currently vacant. The top court of J&K and Ladakh Union Territories has at present a sanctioned strength of 17 judges including 13 permanent judges and four additional judges.
The Department of Justice(DoJ)releases monthly statistics about sanctioned strength, working strength and vacancies of judges in the Supreme Court of India and the High Courts.
It is worthwhile to mention that the Supreme Court collegium in its meeting in the beginning of this month approved the proposal for elevation of judicial officers Muhammad Akram Choudhary and Mohan Lal as judges in the Jammu & Kashmir High Court.
The Collegium also reiterated names of advocates Rahul Bharati and Moksha Kazmi.
According to a statement released by the SC, the collegium in its meeting held on September, 01, 2021 , on reconsideration, resolved to reiterate its earlier recommendations for elevation of the advocates Rahul Bharti and Moksha Kazmi as judges of the J&K HC.
In October 2019, the Apex Court collegium had recommended the appointment of Moksha Kazmi and Rajnesh Oswal, both lawyers, as judges of the J&K High Court.
While Rajnesh Oswal was appointed as judge of J&K HC in April last year, Kazmi’s name was returned by the government to the collegium for reconsideration.