Monsoon Session 2023 High Court Judges Appointments 75 Percent From General Category Supreme Court Collegium

By Neha Bhardwaj July 22, 2023 2:39 PM IST

High Court Judges: After 2018, 75 percent of the judges appointed in all the High Courts of the country are from the general category. The Union Law Ministry has given this information in the Lok Sabha in response to a question. On the second day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament (Monsoon Session 2023), All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi asked the government a question regarding the appointments of judges. Owaisi told about this by tweeting.

Owaisi tweeted that in response to my question in the Lok Sabha, the government revealed that out of 604 High Court judges appointed from 2018 to July 17, 2023, 458 judges are from the general category, which is more than 75%.

Owaisi had asked this question

According to a LiveLaw report, Owaisi had asked the Ministry of Law and Justice whether it was a fact that 79% of judges appointed to all high courts during the last five years were from upper castes, indicating unequal representation of backward and minorities in the judiciary.

In response to Owaisi’s question, the Union Law Ministry said that according to the information received from the recommenders, out of 604 High Court judges appointed since 2018, 458 are from the general category. Although the minister did not tell the percentage, but this number is 75 percent of the total appointments.

No reservation in appointment of judges

The minister also told that the judges of the Supreme Court and the High Court are appointed under Articles 124, 217 and 224 of the Constitution of India. No reservation is given in these appointments. However, he pointed out that the government is requesting the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Chief Justices of the High Courts to ensure social diversity by considering suitable candidates from Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC), minorities and women.

How many judges from which category?

Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said that out of the total number of judges appointed in all the High Courts after 2018, 18 judges belong to the Scheduled Castes. 9 judges come from Scheduled Tribes, 72 from Other Backward Classes and 34 from minority category. No information has been made available by them about 13 judges.

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