District judges’ plea before SC for appointment as judges of Madras HC dismissed

The Supreme Court has laid-off a plea filed by district judges seeking appointment as judges of the Madras high court and challenging recommendations of their juniors for the post. They additionally wanted the clubbing of their expertise with the service rendered by them as judicial officers for deciding their eligibility.

A three-judge bench of CJI S.A. Bobde, Justice A.S. Bopanna and Justice V. Ramasubramanian heard the plea filed by District Judges (entry-level) appointed by the method of direct enlisting in 2011 within the Tamil Nadu State Judicial Service.

The petitioners additionally wanted directions to the Madras high court Collegium to think about the names of the petitioners additionally for appointment as high court judges.

The grievance of the petitioners was that despite being the senior-most within the cadre of district judges, they have been unnoted and their juniors are suggested for elevation to the high court.

The Court ascertained that the queue to that an individual is assigned depends upon his status on the date of consideration. thus if an individual is an advocate on the date of consideration.

The court additionally stated that the argument that it’ll be discriminatory to permit the advantage of clubbing solely to an individual who commands a judicial workplace and later became an advocate, isn’t valid. Article 217(2) doesn’t guarantee anyone with the right to be appointed as a judge of the high court. In a way, an individual holding a judicial workplace is best placed, as he’s assured of a career progression, there’s no such assurance for an advocate.

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