Srinagar: The Supreme Court of India has given clearance for appointing four newly recommended candidates as judges of the Jammu and Kashmir High court.
The Chief Justice of India, Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Chelameswar and Justice Ranjan Gogoi in an order dated April 6, 2018, have recommended Wasim Sadiq Nargal, Nazir Ahmed Beig, Sindhu Sharma and Rashid Ali Dar as judges of the Jammu and Kashmir High court.
The collegium has held that “on the basis of interaction we had with the recommendees and having regard to all relevant factors including assessment of merit and suitability of the above named candidates, we have carefully scrutinized the material placed in the file which includes the views of Chief Minister and governor of the state of Jammu and Kashmir”. The above candidates are therefore deemed suitable for appointment as judges of the J&K High Court. The collegium also held that their inter se seniority be fixed as per the existing practice.
Meanwhile with regard to Showkat Ahmed Makroo, the order has said that having regard to the material on record, “we are of the considered view that consideration of his case can wait”. The proposal for his elevation is accordingly deferred for the present.
The recommendation of four advocates and one judicial officer was made before the apex court. The then chief justice Badar Durrez Ahmed had recommended Rashid Ali Dar (Judicial Officer) as judge of Jammu and Kashmir High court.
J&K High Court has a sanctioned strength of 16 (11 permanent and 5 additional) judges, besides the Chief Justice, but for now five positions are still lying vacant.