The Chief Justice of India, NV Ramana has agreed to consider the request made by the Supreme Court Bar Association to consider elevating Supreme Court lawyers as High Court judges
The development comes in light of a proposal made by the Supreme Court Bar Association in this regard.
SCBA had urged before the CJI that inspite of having vast experience and exposure in dealing with all kinds of issues relating to civil, criminal, constitutional, commercial law, etc., the lawyers practicing in the Supreme Court are rarely considered for elevation by the High Court Collegium as they do not regularly practice before the High Court and while being professionally more meritorious than their colleagues at the High Court, loose the opportunity for being considered as such.
"The undersigned is pleased to inform you that the Honble CJI has agreed to the request made by SCBA and has requested the Chief Justices of the High Courts to consider lawyers practicing in the Supreme Court for elevation to their High Courts," a communication by SCBA Executive Committee to its members said.
Pursuant thereof, the Executive Committee of SCBA has constituted a "Search Committee" to facilitate the process of elevation by identifying deserving and meritorious Supreme Court practitioners. The High Court Collegium may then consider such names alongwith the lawyers from the High Court Bar in order to choose the most deserving candidate amongst those available for elevation.
This committee comprises of SCBA President Vikas Singh, SCBA Vice President and Senior Member, Mahalakshmi Pavani; and four eminent members of the Bar namely Rakesh Dwivedi, Shekhar Naphade, Vijay Hansaria and V Giri.
"Friends, I sincerely believe that every lawyer practicing in India is a citizen of India and therefore should be fairly considered for elevation on the basis of merit alone, no matter where he/she practices. We are hopeful that immediate action in view of the large vacancies in the High Courts is taken," SCBA President Vikas Singh said on the occasion.
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